The Clipboard is Not Working in Excel – 11 Possible Solutions

The Clipboard is a temporary storage of Excel, that holds all kinds of data like text, numbers, images, weblinks, etc. It can hold a maximum of 24 items.

This is an overview.

Clipboard Not Working issue in Excel

Possible Reasons:

  • If your Microsoft Office application is not updated.
  • The clipboard is full.
  • Other applications may prevent the clipboard from opening.
  • Third-party applications or Excel add-ins may interfere with the clipboard functionality.
  • The Excel file is corrupted.
  • You are using a corrupt Microsoft Office application.

Solution 1 – Try Some Common Tips

  • Restart the Excel program.
  • Restart your computer.

Solution 2. Clear the Clipboard

To clear the clipboard:

  • Go to Home tab > Clipboard group > Dialog box launcher. Or press Alt + H + F + O.
    The Clipboard task pane box will be displayed.Open the Clipboard task pane
  • Click Clear All.Clear the Clipboard task pane

The clipboard is cleared.

Clipboard has been cleared


Solution 3 – Close Unnecessary Applications

  • Enter Task Manager in the Search box.
  • Click Task Manager (App) or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
    Open the Task Manager
  • In the Task Manager window:
    • Right-click the unnecessary apps in Name.
    • Select End task.

    Close unnecessary apps

Solution 4 – Uncheck the Enable Live Preview Option

  • Go to the File tab > Options. Or press Alt + F + T.Open Excel Options window Select General in Excel Options.
  • Uncheck Enable Live Preview > OK.Uncheck Enable Live Preview

 Solution 5 – Disable LinkedIn Features


  1. Go to the File tab > Options.
  2. Uncheck “Enable LinkedIn features in my Office Applications” > OK.Uncheck Enable LinkedIn features in my Office Applications

Solution 6 – Update the  Microsoft Office Application

  • Go to the  File tab > Options > Update Options > Update Now.Update Microsoft Office application

Solution 7 – Open Excel in Safe Mode

  • Press Windows + R.
  • In the Run box, enter “excel /safe”
  • Click OK.Enable Excel safe mode


 Solution 8 – Disable Add-ins

  • Go to File tab > Options.
  • In the Excel Options window:
    • Select Add-ins.
    • Set Excel Add-ins in Manage > GO.

    Open add-ins The Add-ins dialog box appears.

  • In the Add-ins dialog box:
    • Uncheck all add-ins.
    • Check the first add-in and click OK.

    Enable each add-in each time


Solution 9 – Delete Temporary Data in the Temp Folder

  • Open the Run box by pressing Windows+R.
  • Enter “%temp%” in Open and click OK.Open the Temp folder
  • Delete all temporary data in the Temp folder.Delete data from Temp folder

Solution 10 – Repair a Corrupted Excel Workbook

  • Go to File tab > Open > Browse.Open an Excel file
  • Select the Excel file in File Explorer.
  • Go to Open > Open and Repair.Select and Repair the corrupted Excel file
  • Click Repair.Allow Repair of the corrupted Excel file

Solution 11 – Repair the Microsoft Office Application

  • Right-click Start and select Installed apps.Open all installed applications In the Settings window:
  • Find Microsoft 365 and click the triple dot ().
  • Select Modify.Modify the Microsoft Office application
  • In the “How would you like to repair your Microsoft 365 and Office Programs?” window, check Quick Repair > Repair.Choose the Quick Repair option
  • Click Repair to start the quick repair process.Start Quick Repair

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Excel show “Cannot empty the clipboard?”

This error may occur when another application is currently using the clipboard.

What are the keyboard shortcuts for efficient clipboard operations in Excel?

Ctrl+C for copy, Ctrl+X for cut, and Ctrl+V for paste. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+V opens the “Paste Special” dialog, providing access to a variety of additional options.

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  1. Option “4. Uncheck Enable Live Preview Option” was a life saving solution for me.
    Thank you so much.

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