Remove the pointless message “There's a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste your content within this workbook."
The message shows up if you run in the background a program that keeps a peek into the clipboard, as for example the "Skype web plugin" and other telephone programs. A possible cause can also be the software "Audials".
You can find a thread with lots of complaints and a few flimsy justifications and non-answers here:
The message shows up with Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X, using the Format Painter and only taking whole cells. It does not show up if you copy a part of a cell content.
Contrary to some Microsoft officials’ posts, the error message shows up multiple times per Excel session. Usually it shows up at the second Ctrl+C after opening an Excel instance, sometimes on the third Ctrl+C and rarely on the first Ctrl+C. And after that randomly every few usages of Ctrl+C. That can be several hundred times a day!
Not everyone is lucky as I am to identify the cause (telephone) and be also able to switch off its feature "clipboard surveillance".
There is no reasonable reason for this message at all.
1. The message is incorrect in 100% of the cases. The copying operations in Excel are not affected by the access of any third-party program to the clipboard. After clicking the message away, all insertion processes in 100% of the cases worked absolutely as expected and error-free. I've tested this with many different contents (formulas, validations, formatting, connected cells, etc.), from and into Excel.
2. The message is pointless in 100% of the cases, because it shows neither causes nor solutions. Just as helpful as a message "There's a light on in the basement."
3. If there was any case where the access of a third-party program to the cache was actually an impairment to the copying process in Excel, one would notice this anyway by missing the insertion. But the message would be as well unnecessary because it only would have reported the obvious and does not reveal any causes or solutions.
4. If the access of any third-party program on the clipboard would actually be a problem, then why don't you also ‘protect’ Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.?
This problem is discussed and complained in forums for about 4 years (since Excel 2013). Why don’t you comment out that one line of code, that calls the message? Or add a code bracket, issuing automatically “User has clicked OK”. No big work, I assume.
As mentioned in the answer to the post on Answers.Microsoft.com linked above, we made some improvements to Office365 users so that this error message only shows once per Excel instance. This is based on customer feedback – the design change prevents it popping up multiple successive times when the clipboard is locked. We have also considered never showing the error dialog, but there was user feedback that this message is informative and helpful in some cases.
Solution? THIS WORKs for me, so far!
1a. In ongoing frustration, I reinstalled Office 2016 today on my Win10-64 as recently recommended by the MS expert. No help. Continuing frustration led me to the steps below:
1. I'm wondering if my problems might have started when I installed "M8 Free Clipboard" from CNET. Regardless, the program apparently got uninstalled somehow, perhaps upon my conversion from Win7 to Win10 months ago.
2. So I thought, what the heck and just now I re-installed M8 Free Clipboard. I started M8 Free Clipboard without restarting my computer. In Excel 2016, instead of one error on every copy, immediately I had an improvement. To test it, I continually copied a cell of data until receiving an error. I did this six times. I received the error randomly, but on average only once every 10 copies, a nice improvement!
3. I then turned off M8 and the error rate improved to once every 15 copies.
4. I then attempted to uninstall M8, but it had disappeared from Win10 list of programs / did not allow un-installation (??!).
5. I then re-started the computer. M8 reappeared in the list. Without starting M8, I was able to copy data 64 times before I quit (NO ERRORS!)
6. I then uninstalled M8, and again I was able to copy data 64 times with no errors.
7. Keeping my fingers crossed! (I don't know if reinstalling Office 2016 was of any help, I'm assuming not because the problem persisted, but I really don't know)
In my case "ZoneAlarm PRO Antivirus + Firewall" and "Excel 2016" aren't compatible at this moment.
Translation of Excel 2016 message
"There's a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste your content within this workbook."
"Jsou problémy se schránkou. Obsah můžete ale i tak vložit do tohoto sešitu."
I'm sure that I need CTRL+C and CTRL+V. I think any app using clipboard at same time can cause problems. But how can common user know what app is it? I can't shut down this message as user of Excel, so creators of Excel should do something with it.
I just started receiving this message yesterday, today seems to be much worse. The number of instances that the message box pops up is highly annoying and very time consuming to have to deal with. I hardly have the time to post this complaint, let alone click the box every time I want to move forward with my work. How do I disable this dialog box?
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I'd say a LOT of people have this problem, please fix.
I don't care if you remove it, I just want an option to DISABLE IT. It happens for me EVERY SINGLE TIME I DRAG-MOVE A CELL FROM ONE TO ANOTHER.
EXCEL IS UNUSABLE DUE TO THIS ISSUE! I REPEAT UNUSABLE!