Troubleshoot copying and pasting with the Office Clipboard

ShowThe Microsoft Office Clipboard does not automatically appear when I copy items.

  1. If the Office Clipboard is not displayed in the task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), click Office Clipboard on the Edit menu.
  2. In the Clipboard task pane, click Options.
  3. Make sure Show Office Clipboard Automatically is selected.

ShowI can't add more items to the Office Clipboard.

  • There may already be 24 items on the Office Clipboard If you copy more than 24 items, the Office Clipboard will delete the first item that you copied and then collect the twenty-fifth item. Collected items remain on the Office Clipboard until you close all Office programs that are running on your computer.

To begin copying items again, delete some items, or click Clear All in the Clipboard task pane.

  • There may be large items on the Office Clipboard The Office Clipboard may stop adding items — even if there are fewer than 24 — if you copy large items to it. The Office Clipboard stores a maximum of one-sixteenth of the amount of physical memory on your computer.

 Note   If the computer is running Microsoft Windows Terminal Server, the Office Clipboard can store up to 8 megabytes (MB) of data.

To begin copying items again, delete some items or click Clear All in the Clipboard task pane.

  • You may be attempting to copy an item with an unsupported format There are some items that cannot be copied to the Office Clipboard, because the format that they are in is not supported.

ShowI don't see the Office Clipboard ScreenTip when I copy items.

  1. If the Office Clipboard is not displayed in the task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), click Office Clipboard on the Edit menu.
  2. In the Clipboard task pane, click Options.
  3. Make sure Show Status Near Taskbar When Copying is selected.

ShowThe Office Clipboard icon is not displayed when "collect" and "paste" are active.

  • Check one or more of the following:

ShowThe option for displaying the Office Clipboard icon may be turned off.

  1. If the Office Clipboard is not displayed in the task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), click Office Clipboard on the Edit menu.
  2. In the Clipboard task pane, click Options.
  3. Make sure Show Office Clipboard Icon on Taskbar is selected.

ShowThe option for displaying a status message when you are collecting may be turned off.

  1. If the Office Clipboard is not displayed in the task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), click Office Clipboard on the Edit menu.
  2. In the Clipboard task pane, click Options.
  3. Make sure Show Status Near Taskbar When Copying is selected.

ShowMy copied item looks different in the Office Clipboard gallery.

In some cases, such as Unicode (Unicode: A character encoding standard developed by the Unicode Consortium. By using more than one byte to represent each character, Unicode enables almost all of the written languages in the world to be represented by using a single character set.) text, the image that is displayed in the gallery will look slightly altered. This is because text is always displayed in the gallery by using the default system font, which is typically the Tahoma font. The correct formatting and font information is restored when you paste the item from the gallery.

ShowThe Office Clipboard is not available.

ShowThe Paste All button is not available on the Office Clipboard.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003