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7 Solutions to Unable to Copy and Paste in Microsoft Outlook – Ranjan.info

January 4, 20246 min read

With copy-and-paste functionalities in Microsoft Outlook, you can seamlessly duplicate text, images, and other content within Outlook and across different applications. This not only saves time but also reduces the chances of errors. However, if you are unable to do all this because Outlook won't copy and paste anything onto your Windows computer, there are some tips in this guide that will help.

1. Use keyboard shortcuts

Temporary glitches with the Outlook app can sometimes prevent copy-and-paste options in the right-click menu from working. You can try using the Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste) keyboard shortcuts to check if they work properly. If they do, closing the Outlook app on your PC and reopening it should resolve your issue.

2. Clear the Clipboard

If you are unable to copy and paste anything in Outlook, even with a keyboard shortcut, there may be an issue with the Windows Clipboard. If so, clearing the clipboard should restore normality.

1. Squeeze Windows key + I To open the Settings app.

2. In System tab, click clipboard,

Clipboard Settings on Windows 11

3. Click clear button next to clear clipboard data,

Clear Clipboard Data on Windows 11

3. Open Outlook in Safe Mode

One of your Outlook add-ins may be disrupting app processes and preventing you from copying and pasting content within Outlook. To check this possibility, try opening Outlook in safe mode. Close the Outlook app, then press and hold Ctrl Double-click the key and the Outlook shortcut.

Once Outlook opens in safe mode, test the copy and paste functionality. If you don't encounter any problems, you may consider disabling all add-ins and re-enabling them all at once. This will help you determine which add-in is causing the problem.

1. In the Outlook app, click file Menu at the top.

Outlook File Menu on Windows

2. choose Option From the left panel.

Outlook options on Windows

3. switch to add-ins tab and click Go button next to COM add-ins,

Outlook add-ins on Windows

4. Uncheck the boxes to disable add-ins and click Ok,

Disable Outlook Add-ins on Windows

Next restart the Outlook app and enable your add-ins one at a time until the issue occurs again. Once you find the problematic add-in, consider removing it.

4. Run Office Repair Tool

Microsoft has included a handy repair tool on both Windows 10 and 11 to fix problems with Office apps like Outlook. You can try running this tool to see if it restores your ability to copy and paste into Outlook.

1. Squeeze Windows key + R To open the Run dialog box. Type a appwiz.cpl box and press enter,

Open the Programs and Features window on Windows

2. In the Programs and Features window, select the Microsoft Office suite in the list and click Change Button at the top.

Office Suite in the Programs and Features window on Windows

3. Choose online repair option and click Repairs,

Run Office Repair Tool on Windows

5. Enable Clipboard Access for Outlook (For Web)

Are you unable to copy and paste text, images, and attachments in Outlook for the web? If so, you need to make sure that Outlook has the necessary permissions to access your clipboard. Here's how to check.

1. Open Outlook in your web browser. Click lock symbol To the left of the website URL, select More Permissions for this site (edge) or site settings (Chrome).

Outlook site settings on browsers

2. In the new tab that opens, click the drop-down menu next to clipboard to select allow,

Enable Clipboard Access for Outlook on the Web

Return to the Outlook tab and refresh it. After that, check if the issue still occurs.

6. Turn off keyboard shortcuts (for web)

multiple users on one Microsoft Community Post This particular problem is reported to be fixed by temporarily turning off keyboard shortcuts in Outlook for the web. You can also try it.

1. Open Outlook in your browser and click gear icon In the top right corner.

Outlook for web settings

2. go towards General > Accessibility choose more turn off keyboard shortcuts Option. then press save,

Turn off keyboard shortcuts on Outlook for the web

7. Clear browsing data (for web)

If you still can't copy and paste into Outlook for the web, the existing browser cache may be corrupted. You can try getting rid of this data to see if that helps.

If you're using Chrome or Edge, press Ctrl + Shift + Delete on your keyboard to open the Clear browsing data panel. choose all time In time limit Option. Mark the box that says Cached Images and Files and hit clear now button.

Clear cache data on Microsoft Edge

No more copy-paste holdups

Outlook's copy-and-paste functionalities help increase your productivity and streamline email creation and editing tasks. Therefore, it can be inconvenient when you are unable to copy and paste anything in Outlook. We hope that applying the above tips has helped you resolve the underlying issue, and you can get back to work.

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