[Solved:] There Is a Problem with Clipboard in Excel

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Excel is the most widely used tool for dealing with massive datasets. We can perform myriads of tasks of multiple dimensions in Excel. Sometimes we may face problems while working with Excel. For example, we often get the message that in Excel there is a problem with the clipboard. In this article, I will show 3 easy solutions to this problem.

Introduction to Problem with Clipboard

Before going to the solutions, let me explain the problem first. The clipboard feature is available in every Microsoft Office program, including Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and others.
There are instances when the Microsoft Excel application displays an error signal when the user attempts to copy anything from a file. The message is: There’s a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste your content within this workbook.
When a user tries to copy something while another program is using the clipboard, this problem occurs. Once Microsoft Office starts displaying this error message, you can no longer copy to or paste from any Microsoft Office apps into any other programs.
This is what the message looks like.


3 Solutions to “There’s a Problem with the Clipboard” Error in Excel

I am going to describe 3 possible solutions if there is a problem with the clipboard in Excel. Let’s see them one by one.

1. Enable Live Preview Option

The first solution is to enable the live preview option to solve the issue. To do so,

  • First of all, go to the File

  • Then, select Options.

Enable Live Preview

  • After that, mark the Enable Live Preview.
  • Finally, click OK.

Enable Live Preview

2. Clear Excel Clipboard

Sometimes, if you have too many files copied in your clipboard, Excel may show you this error message. To get rid of this, you must clear the clipboard. To do so,

  • Go to the Home
  • Select the arrow sign shown in the image.

Clear Clipboard

  • Then, select Clear All.

  • Excel will clear all the copied items.

Clear Clipboard

3. Reinstall Microsoft Excel

If the above 2 solutions don’t work, you may need to reinstall Microsoft Office to solve the clipboard problem. To do so,

  • First, uninstall Microsoft Office from the Control Panel.

Uninstall Microsoft

  • Then reinstall Microsoft Office.

Things to Remember

  • Clipboard problems may occur when another program is using the clipboard.


In this article, I have illustrated 3 solutions for the case when in Excel there is a problem with the clipboard. I hope it helps everyone. If you have any suggestions, ideas, or feedback, please feel free to comment below. Please visit ExcelDemy for more useful articles like this.

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