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Hi gang,
Using Office XP SP3. Regularly my copy/cut-paste function stops working i.e. it does not copy my selection to the clipboard thus it cannot paste it. I have tried Ctrl+C, right-click-copy, the copy icon on the toolbar nothing works. Drag-drop works just fine. Everything goes back to normal when I restart my computer.
Any suggestion?

I am a new member, so hello everyone.

With RDC on XP and Vista I was able to connect to a Windows 2000 and 2003 server, and be able to cut and paste text from local pc to RDC and vice versa. With Windows 7 I can connect to the server, but the Cut & paste feature does not work. Has anyone had this problem and what is the solution.

Thanks in advance,


I am using Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Student Edition. When I attempt to copy text on the internet using Ctrl C and then past that text in Word 2010 using Ctrl V, nothing happens. It does not work.
I must right click the highlighted text and then left click on Copy in the resulting drop-down menu, then go into Word 2010 and left click on the Paste button in the Clipboard section of the Home tab. Can this problem be corrected?

Thank you.


Can someone please tell me why this code does not work:
Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
Selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlValues, Operation:=xlNone, SkipBlanks:= _
False, Transpose:=True
End Sub

It gets hung on the "Range("E25:HT31").Select" line.


This was a tough one to find a title for but .......

Anyone encountered this on Excel 2007 running SP2

If a formula is copied and pasted into another cell then it will calculate and show the answer
If you type a formula into a cell OR Paste a formula into the formula bar, then it just shows as
as formula with the = at the front.

I have heard that this is a bug, and that it can be fixed by formatting the cell as Text.
BUT.. This solution does not work, it still says as a formula.

AND ... In case anyone asks, it is not set to show formulas, it only happens on some cells.
If you copy a working formula from another cell, and paste it into same cell, it is OK.
If you take the same formula and paste it into the formula bar, it shows as a formula.

Is there something to stop this happening, or is it just a BUG (surely not) in Excel.

I have been using Outlook for years. Just about a week ago, I found that I cannot copy and paste. I can right click and the copy paste is visible but does not work. I like to copy things from an email and paste them to a calendar entry and as of a week ago, I cannot do it anymore - extremely strange. Any suggestions?

I am very new to Windows 8. I only downloaded and installed the developers preview 3 days ago on Thursday.

Many Windows users are talking about the new Windows 8 and are trying it out. So my curiosity got the better of me and I installed Windows 8. I did this by mounting the ISO file on virtual clone drive.

Windows 8 looks different from Windows 7 and Windows XP at first glance but it is not. The good news is that when you first set up Windows 8,like Windows 7 and Windows XP,you do not have to have a password if you don't want one. That is you don't have to log in with a password or have a password on your account.Which is sheer heaven. As I hate security settings and having to enter password every time I do some thing on my own computer.

And of course the first thing I did was turn off User account Control as it is very annoying.UAC does not exist on my Windows 7 so I don't want it on Windows 8.

I was able to turn off UAC on Windows 8 but there is another similar feature that I was not able to turn off. And that is the Smart Screen filter.

Smart screen is an additional feature added to Windows 8 that every time you install a program from the Internet. You get a pop up from Smart Screen telling you that Windows has blocked this download. And it then asks you if you want to run the program or not.And if you want to run the program you just click run and if you don't want to run it click do not run.

Smart Screen will also pop up if you open a program on your computer not recognised by Windows. Smart Screen although it is annoying like UAC does not stop you running or installing any programs you want to. And there are settings to disable Smart Screen. But when I turned it off it came back on again.

And from what I have read on other posts on the web.It seems that although there is a setting that is supposed to turn off Smart Screen it may have been disabled in this build of Windows 8. As other people have tried to turn off Smart Screen but they could not. As every time they turned it off in the settings,it came back on again.

Fortunately Smart Screen will not block any of your downloads or programs or stop you doing anything on your computer unless you want it to. But it is certainly not something I want on my computer. And I would disable this feature if I could. As I feel that such a feature is unnecessary. But Smart Screen has not stopped me doing any thing I want to on my computer.

And then we have the Metro theme.Which is enabled by default when you first set up Windows. But the Metro theme can be disabled with a simple registry edit. Or with software such as Metro Controller,which can do this for you.

Although I did not have much problems using the Metro theme I found it slower than using the Windows 7 start menu.And most of the apps did not work but I think that is because they are not active yet.

But my own software that I installed myself,such as Google,chrome,Windows Movie Maker which shows up in the Metro theme as an app did all work.So any software such as web browsers,chat messengers and media players that you install yourself.Will show up as an app in the apps menu if you have the Metro theme enabled. And all of your own apps will work when you click on them.

But most of the apps from the app store did not work. Except for internet Explorer,windows Explorer and Control panel,desktop and other settings.

But you can still pin short cuts to your desktop while in the Metro theme.And launch your software from the taskbar and Windows Explorer. By going to your programs file and launching the program from there,the same way you can on Windows 7 and Windows XP.

But I have disabled the Metro theme which most Windows users will do. As that is the way I am used to working. And I would advise Windows users that unless you happen to like the Metro apps and are going to use them. You do not need to have the Metro theme enabled. As Windows 8 run perfectly well and faster without it.

And as I am using my own software I do not need the Metro apps.

Once you disable the Metro theme you get the Windows 7 start Menu.that looks exactly like it does in Windows7 and Windows Vista.And the ribbon toolbar in Windows Explorer will also be disabled once the Metro theme is turned off or disabled.

You can also install Classic Shell in Windows 8 if you wish to have the Windows XP or the Classic Start menu in addition to the Windows 7 start menu. Classic Shell will also put the classic toolbar buttons in Windows Explorer on Windows 8. just like it does on Windows 7.

Also if you do not want to disable the Metro theme in Windows 8 but you still want to have a full start menu. Classic Shell also works with the Metro theme enabled. And you can then switch between both the classic or Windows XP start menu or the Metro start menu.Just by launching Classic Shell and you will also have the classic toolbar in Windows Explorer. As well as the ribbon toolbar.Which looks quite good actually.

Now we come to running software in Windows 8. I like most people want to run my Windows XP and Windows Vista software that I was using on Windows 7 on Windows 8.

Well the good news is that you can run most of your Windows XP and Windows Vista software on Windows 8.

Here is a list of all my software that I have tried that works on Windows 8-

Software that works on Windows 8.

Windows Sidebar-

That's the Windows Sidebar from Windows Vista or the Vista Sidebar. This works on Windows 8 without any problems. Windows Sidebar works both with the Windows 7 start menu and also with the Metro theme enabled.There are no conflicts.

Windows Calendar-

From Windows Vista,this works on Windows 8.

Windows Movie Maker 6 and Windows Movie Maker 2.6-

Made for Windows Vista but works on Windows 7. Both versions of Windows Movie Maker works on Windows 8.

Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP-

This works on Windows 8 and so does the web cam feature. Windows Movie Maker 2.1 works on Windows Vista,windows 7 and Windows 8 as long as you have Windows Movie Maker 2.6 installed. As it runs of of the dill files of Movie Maker 2.6.

Windows Live Essentials for Windows XP-

That's Windows Live Messenger,Windows Live Photo Gallery,Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Mail for Windows XP. Works on Windows 8.
Some people like me prefer Windows Live Essentials for Windows XP or 2009 as it is sometimes called over Windows Live Essentials 2011. Well the good news is that this works on Windows 8.

Windows Media Player 11 for Windows 7-

Works on Windows 8.
This is Windows Media Player 11 that has been adapted to run on Windows 7 for people who want to downgrade from WMP 12 to WMP 11. WMP 11 works on Windows 8. But first you must turn off WMP 12 in turn Windows features on or off to disable WMP 12.
But after that Windows Media Player 11 works on Windows 8.

Gmail notifier for Windows XP and Windows 2000-

Works on Windows 8.

Advanced browser,Pink Browser,Green browser and other IE based browsers.

Most of these browser were made for Windows XP but they work on Windows 8. Just like they do on Windows 7.

Pale Moon,Safefox,Firefox,Google Chrome and other web browsers-

Pale Moon,Safefox and Wyzo are based on Firefox 3 all work on Windows 8 and so does Google Chrome. Also the latest versions of Firefox work too.


A very handy registry cleaner that also has other settings to help you manage your programs. Works on Windows 8.

Media Player Classic-

Works on Windows 8. this is the old version of Media player Classic not the Home cinema version. But this works on Windows 8.

Programs that do not work in Windows 8.

Windows Mail-

From Windows Vista this works in Windows 7 after you delete the Windows 7 Windows Mail Program file and replace it with the Windows Vista version. But this does not work in Windows 8. Despite my best efforts Windows Mail is the only program I have tried which does not work in Windows 8.

There may be more software from Windows XP,Windows Vista and Windows 7 that will work in Windows 8. But I have not installed these yet.

But you can also import your software from Windows 7 that can be found in the Windows Old folder onto Windows 8. By copying the files and pasting them into the Programs file on Windows 8.

Even though I no longer have my Windows 7 operating system as the Windows 8 install wiped it out. I still have my Windows Old folder from Windows 7.That has all of my old programs from Windows 7.

Well I have got windows 8 now and before I tried it I was expecting it to be complicated and difficult to use. But now that I have Windows 8 I have found out that this is not true.

Windows 8 looks and is exactly the same as Windows 7. I have limited experience with computers. But if I can use Windows 8 anybody can. Andrea Borman.

Bizarre, running new RC Build 7100 for ~2 weeks, then this...
On reboot after windows update, June 8 2009, notebook drives C+D are visible but not accessible!
Notebook boots to win7, but impossible to install things from desktop or drill down through folders past desktop.
re non existant disks, although they are shown, they are not accessible.
0 bytes existing, 0 used, 0 available
Desktop still has items and local folders. no install things on desktop work. Anything requiring an install does not work. permissions.
Response to any install process is
"Windows cannot access
C;Users'user'AppDataLocalTempnameoftemp file.tmpsetup.exe
searching for the error gives
"An error occurred while troubleshooting
A problem has prevented the troubleshooter from starting
...Error Code 0x80070005..."

System Restore shows 3 earlier restore points before teh update yesterday, but when selecting one, System Restore crashes

+Not possible to drag and drop to the desktop
+Not possible to copy and paste a file to desktop
+Also it is Impossible to drill down through a folder to open "computer" or individual drives c or d
Typical response is error 0x800704B3 or later came 0x80070005
+Got message about invalid/illegal win7 copy, too ( one time on boot ). I chose 'tell me "later"' (obviously I used the free MS key at install)
context is "Restricted"
Impossible to change permissions

only one user...administator
running pctools antivirus and firewall and threatfire, which worked well on vista
Attempted using startup repair from iso cd I made, gives no joy
running glary utilities cleaners from safe mode had no effect on drive access, though 2 worms were removed.
Interestingly two unknown and hence illegal numerical users were found while clicking around the internal folders looking at permissions, which typically were all blank. These were erased. They had no names, only long strings of numbers and letters.
Even after reinserting full access for the administrator and the login user, nothing seemed to start working. Curious.
Suspect that the 2 trojans were to each make an illegal user. Erasing them did not correct the other damage.
C: is not accessible
Access is denied.
Same for D:
Attempted reinstalling a full clean copy of Win7 from the iso CD originally used, and it says that C and D are not usable and restricted
There is a factory pdq drive which is normally hidden, that has Vista Home, but it has not been opened and is inaccessible, too
OK, gurus... Please, what do you recommend???
This is not fun...

When I click on a hyperlink in my browser and a few other programs, the window opens, but just stalls there and nothing is loaded into that new window. I have "reset" my IE browser, but the problem is not limited to the browser. I have Quicken and there is a link that opens up my data, and it does the same thing. I noticed this problem a few days ago, so ran some AV scans. They each found a few things and I deleted them, but the problem is still there. I am using Win7-64 bit. Anybody know what is causing this?

BTW, to get a link to work, I highlight the link and use "copy shortcut", then paste that into a new IE window. This does not work with Quicken, so is a real problem.

I am using a Toshiba Laptop for Windows 7. The Left and Right CTRL key is not working properly on my keyboard. I know that this is a very common problem for many people, but I have not been able to find a solution online for mine yet. I have also not found anybody whose CTRL keys have resulted in the same bugs as mine.
With the left CTRL key, I am unable to do any of the shortcuts, including:
CTRL+C. CTRL+V, CTRL+Z, CTRL+A and any others that may exist. On Google Chrome and Firefox, I cannot even do it with CTRL+F and CTRL+J.
When I place my mouse clicker on any textbox (such as for web address or even word document) and press the left CTRL key, items from whatever previous text box the clicker is in are completely copied without any reason. For example, if I selected the web address while was there, and then attempt to do anything involving the left CTRL in a document, I would get something like:
On a side note, pressing and/or holding the left CTRL key (in addition to the aforementioned problems) causes it to beep. This happens even when I am using it on a screen where CTRL button would normally have no effect.
The right CTRL key also has many problems. It still does none of the shortcut functions at all. But pressing it in any way causes text on the page to become bigger and bigger. It is not easy to make it smaller since the CTRL+(-) option is out of the question. In addition, on an Internet browser, pressing it very often causes the screen to scroll down extremely quickly.
I have tried rebooting the computer and System Restore. I have also tried the method of pressing both CTRL keys at the same time in addition to CTRL+ALT+DEL. If there is any explanation for this, I would gladly appreciate it.

Hi there!

From what I've been seeing and been doing my research for the past two days, many people have been having the same issues throughout the years, however, this is the first time I've encountered this issue and many of the specific workarounds or fixes have not worked for me. I've been trying to work through this for 24 hours straight now, but to no avail so many thanks to those that can help.

On Monday night, got home from work; surfing the internet for half an hour, everything was fine as always. Just after half an hour, my Internet got very sluggish and then it died completely. I thought it might have been the an update I just put through in terms of Windows Update that said was a critical update for MSE, as the same thing happened a few years ago. I did a System Restore to two different dates that were in the past two weeks, nothing.

Uninstalled MSE and disabled Windows Defender and the Windows Firewall: Nothing.

Reset IE Options, Reset Winsock, Dumping DNS, many of the other command prompt screens to reset items: Nothing.

Reset the modem: Nothing.

What DID work, however, was a ping test to Yahoo. The ping test worked, saying all four packets was recieved, yet nothing else popped up. LAN and CenturyLink said everything worked on their end and that everything was connected properly, as well as the speeds working fine.

CenturyLink said in their notes that they thought Port 80 was blocked. I went and put in the Firewall to allow Port 80 but it didn't make any difference whatsoever.

I remembered I had a spare modem laying around and I switched them up, both modem and the cords - nothing.

I then hooked it up to my netbook to see if that would work, as it usually does - connection didn't work there either.

Like I said, it's been about 24 hours now and this is increasingly frustrating, as I've tried all solutions (While browsing through 10 search results pages on my phone) suggested and still nothing.

Any suggestions and tricks would be greatly appreciated!

Here's my specs:

Windows 7 32-bit Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Duo 3.14 Ghz
4 GB Kingston DDR2 RAM
eVGA nForce 750i SLI
eVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB
ISP: CenturyLink
No router
Modem: CenturyLink 660 Series
Hardwired connection

PLEASE NOTE: This is the only computer I have (Like I said, the netbook solution didn't work), so downloading programs and such is not an option til I get to other computers somewhere else, like right now. Unless someone knows of a way of copying/pasting a file in Windows and then transferring said info to an Android smartphone, this is gunna take a while haha. Patience is requested.

For several days it has been a long wait for a paste to
take on on a word document. Today, the paste does not take
place at all. The "hour glass" stays, locks up the
document and all of MS WORD functions.

Word then has to be closed in order to begin typing or re-
opening a document. The "copied text" appears on the
clipboard, it will simply not "paste" to the word document.

Copy and paste function correctly while working on the
document. That is, I can copy a portion of the document
and the copy will paste. But, not work when copying from a
document, or a newspaper, displayed on Internet Explorer.

This had not previously ever been the slightest problem.
Since I must work with the text, using a "copy screen" to
Paint is not an option.

We have a couple of people who have frequent problems when doing repetitive copy/paste operations within an Excel spreadsheet. After a time, their mouse locks up, as if the left mouse button is continually being depressed. When they move the mouse, it extends the selection. Clicking either mouse button does not change the behavior or release the selection. The users have to save the spreadsheet using the keyboard, and typically reboot to recover normal mouse operations within Excel.

The two people are working in two completely different Excel spreadsheets. The behavior seems to be sporadic. Any ideas?

Good morning

I have created a WB that has about 120 tabs, as each of them incoperates most of the same design features I have used the 'right clcik' on the tabs 'Select All Sheets' to input the same information.

On all of the sheets I want to hyperlink a cell, G10, to cell A520 but using the method above does not work as the 'Hyperlink' option is greyed out when I right click with all tabs selected. Using the method of copying the cell and then highlighting all of the other tabs manually works but naturally pastes the link on each page back to sheet 1.

Any ideas please



I was practicing with excel vba, and i try the disable cut , copy, paste.
I did not like that macro so i deleted it, but every time i open up my excel the cut copy paste on my mouse right click does not work.
When i right click, the option to cut copy paste is grey out, but i can use ctrl+c to copy
any idea how to fix this?
I try opening my excel in safe mode and the right click copy paste cut work just fine.
Please advise

I am working with a team that has created a web application (javascript with oracle back end). One of its functions is to auto-generate a document based on a pre-defined template - using a custom Style. We currently copy the text (stored as HTML in Oracle) from IE and paste it into the Word document. It pastes successfully with all formatting intact, but does not pick up the new Style. When we change the Style, all/most of the text formatting is lost.

More detail:
The text is coming from a web application (IE), using the FCKeditor ( - which provides RTF boxes for the report's body text to be entered into and formatted (i.e. bold, italics, underline, bulleted lists, numbered lists, indents, text justification, etc.). The RTF text is stored in Oracle as HTML. When it comes time for report generation, the text (RTF) is copied from IE and pasted into MS Word 2003.

The text then needs to be re-styled (in MS Word 2003) to meet an internal Document Service Department's template requirement, which is called "0". It is similar to "Normal", but has 0 indent, Arial 11pt, and controls the spacing before and after a paragraph. The reason Doc Services created this "Style" was that it produces the best document in the end when converted to a PDF. This is a defined process, by our Document Service Group, we must submit in Word, and they convert (and password protect) the documents into PDF.

We can successfully paste the text into Word, from IE, and it has all of its formatting intact (i.e. bold, italics, underline, bullets, indents, justification, etc.) - and it will typically paste in as style "Normal" or "Normal(Web)". When the text is re-styled to "0", we lose bulleting, text justification, and in some cases also the other text formatting (bold, italics, etc.). We have tried changing the default "paste" option to paste in style=0, but we still lose bullets, center justification, and indents. We also tried creating a style "0" in the web-based text editor in hopes that Word would recognize the style, but we were not successful with that either (it was not recognized
in Word).

Any help you could provide on how to paste in the text, re-style it to "0", and maintain all formatting (bold, italics, underline, bullet lists, indents, justification, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.

In summary: Is it possible to copy text from IE into Word (2003), re-style in Word, and retain the formatting? Please help.

Using EXCEL 2007 on a Win XP Pro SP3 pc -

I want to copy and paste a row of cells between to separate instances (not workbooks) of EXCEL on the same PC and have the cell widths and formatting from the source come across to the target correctly. When attempting to do this, the "Paste Special" option does not work the same as when pasting between locations in the same instance of EXCEL.

After doing some research, I doubt if this can be done. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Rod

Using a product that uses Excel for designing and creating financial reports. The basic process is that I have a worksheet named T-Income that at run-time is duplicated and renamed Income and processed. The various formulas on the Income worksheet are processed at this time with real values from a SQL Server Database. During design mode all of these functions have default values they return because there is no connection to the SQL Server DB during design mode. The duplication of the T-Income worksheet is done so that the program (An Excel Add-In) never does anything to the original template; T-Income.

Here's the problem, when trying to reference the value on Income from another worksheet I must wrap those cell refs within the Indirect function else the end result of the cell ref is always #REf after the report is processed during run-time. This ref is changed to #Ref because the Excel Add-In will delete any existing worksheets named Income before it duplicates T-Income and renames it to Income. The use of the Indirect function allows for referencing cells on the Income worksheet and not get the #Ref problem.

While the cross worksheet issues is solved via the use of Indirect() additional issues have come into play that would not otherwise be an issue. I'm speaking about Excel's default ability to automagically update cell refs when copying & pasting and using either relative only cell refs or a mix of relative & absolute cell refs. When placing a cell ref within Indirect the ref is always absolute. While this is the desired mode during run-time it kills the report creation process at design time. Imagine that I have a worksheet with 100 cells that each will reference a different cell on the worksheet Income. If I enter the Indirect function in the first cell I can not use the copy & paste feature in Excel and get Excel to automagically update the row & column refs. That sucks but what can I do?

Solution 1: I decided that I could address this via a custom macro. The general logic would be for each cell in range set cell.formula = "Indirect(" + Cell.Formula + ")". I didn't test this simply because this would not always work. If a cell on this summary worksheet is referencing multiple cells on the Income worksheet like this:

=Income!B10 + Income!C10

then the macro would not work because each cell ref would need to be surrounded by the Indirect function. SO what I'm looking for is a way to have code search thru each cell ref within a cells formula and wrap that cell ref within the Indirect function. One additional thing to note is that all the cell refs will be relative prior to adding the Indirect function so there should not be an issue with how to strip out the '$' within the ref before wrapping it within the Indirect function.

Any ideas?

PS - If anyone has an idea of another way to deal with cross worksheet cell refs as I am doing that do not require the use of the Indirect function please speak up.



I have been asked to improve a macro written by a colleague. The macro currently has multiple if statements (which print out on over 15 pages) one after the other activation of which is dependent upon the ansques month variable entered by the user. The only difference between each of the if statements is the range of cells to be copied and pasted. Please find a copy of one of the if statements below.

If ansques = "aug 02" Then

ThisWorkbook.Worksheets("macro calc").Activate
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Sheets("macro calc").Visible = True
ActiveSheet.unprotect password:="a"
Sheets("original data").Visible = True
Sheets("original data").Select
Sheets("macro calc").Select
selection.PasteSpecial Paste:=xlValues, Operation:=xlNone, SkipBlanks:= _
False, Transpose:=False
Sheets("original data").Select
ActiveWindow.SelectedSheets.Visible = False
Sheets("macro calc").Select
ActiveSheet.Protect password:="a"
ActiveWindow.SelectedSheets.Visible = False
Application.ScreenUpdating = True

So far I have tried to declare 2 ranges 'copyRange' and 'pasterange' and then use the if statements to assign the ranges to the relevant areas by:

If ansques = "aug 02" Then
set copyrange = worksheets("original data"). range("c7:Bg11")
set pasterange = worksheetsSheets("macro calc").range("c7:bg7")

At the end of the procedure I have the original statement shown above but now referring to copyrange and pasterange. However this revision has failed miserably as the macro does not recognise my copyrange and pasterange assignments. If I can get these to work, I intend to change the multiple if statements to a select case statement.

Can anybody explain why my revision does not work and please and give me some advice on how best to proceed.

After 6 years of using Word 2003 and 2 years on this same laptop, about 10 days ago Word suddenly started taking 7 seconds to copy and another 7 seconds to paste! It may have started after I "upgraded" to IE8 but I'm not sure (who remembers such things?).

Has anyone else experienced this? I've googled for it, but get such helpful suggestions as paste unformatted (which does still work instantly but doesn't help the delay in copying).

Does anyone have any suggestions? Was there a recent update to Office03 that I need to roll back?


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