MS Word clipboard

  Drum 12:26 15 Jan 2012

I've got an annoying recurrent issue that I would like to sort. Word 2000 WXP If I want to copy a piece of text from say an e-mail or from the Web, into a Word document, I highlight the text, right click and copy. I then open Word and try to paste this into a new blank document, but the clipboard is always empty and I have to go back to the text to copy it again before I can paste it.

I know I should always have Word open first, then it wouldn't be an issue, but it always seems to happen the other way round.

Is there any way that I can stop Word clearing the clipboard when the program opens .... a registry hack perhaps?

  northumbria61 12:38 15 Jan 2012

The clipboard may be corrupted, or disabled. When you copy something it copies it to the Clipboard so that you can paste it later. Check to see that the Clipboard service is enabled in SERVICES - go to START , RUN, Type Services.msc. Look for clipboard and make sure its automatic, and enabled, and started.

  lotvic 13:58 15 Jan 2012

It is caused by a third party add-in Data placed on the Windows Clipboard is erased after Word starts

I always paste any text into Notepad first as that removes the formatting text may have on the webpage. Also means I can easily see all my pasted notes before I then copy them from Notepad into Word.

I know you can paste into word using 'Paste Special' and choosing 'Unformatted Text' but when I have lots of little bits of text copied I find using Notepad in this way to be easier.

I have put a quick shortcut to Notepad on my Taskbar at bottom so it is easy to quickly open.

  Drum 16:29 15 Jan 2012

Thanks for the input. lotvic, you hit the nail on the head! There was nothing in the Word startup folder, but I dragged the COM add-ins to the toolbar, as described in your link, and now when I open Word it no longer wipes the clipboard :) Not sure about this though ...."To prevent an add-in from loading when Word starts deselect it in the COM Add-ins dialog box".??

  Batch 18:08 15 Jan 2012


I used to do the same as you (copying via Notepad) to lose the formatting.

But I recorded a macro in Word so that I don't have to go via the menus - it is just ALT+I (as that is the keyboard combo I allocated to the macro). Of course there may be times when one might to see / edit what will be pasted in to Word b4hand

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