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    This happens to me 3 or 4 times a day. I agree with a user below that it seems to have some connection with moving cell contents by dragging. I never do this on purpose but sometimes "trip" over my own fingers and make it happen involuntarily.

    A temporary fix is to open a new window for the same file, which lets the cursor and cell selection behavior work as expected. Sometimes it works if I click the cell I want with the now invisible cursor, but sometimes the cell "selected" is several rows and columns away from the one I want. Eventually I end up closing all files and reopening.

    I have disabled the preview option as suggested, but that made no difference at all.

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    Thank you for voting for “there’s a problem with the clipboard” issue. I think this refers to this error dialog: “There’s a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste your content within this workbook."

    When Excel shows this dialog after a copy (CTRL+C) action, it means that another app has a lock on the system clipboard. In this situation you can still paste within Excel. However you cannot paste to another app like Word or Outlook which uses the clipboard.

    A while ago we made some improvements for Office365 users so that this error message only shows once per Excel instance. This was 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.

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    This happens to me multiple times each day. After the clipboard message appears I often cannot actively select any cells. I can click in a cell and type in it or copy it or paste something into it, but I'm working blind because no cell or range appears to be selected.

    I use a lot of pivot tables in my work and after the clipboard message comes up, the PivotTable Analyze and Design menus no longer show up when I click in the pivot table. If I manage to create a new pivot table, I won't see all of the available fields in the PivotTable Fields area.

    When this problem occurs, it only affects the file I was working in when the message came up.
    None of these problems occur in other files open at the same time. Occasionally I can get the file with the problem behave normally again if I open a second window for it. Most of the time, however, I have to close all files in Excel and reopen the one which had the problem.

    For the record, I have done the same kind of work for years but the problem only started a few months back. So I don't think it is because I am putting more stress on the program than I used to.

    This really is driving me nuts. I repaired the installation of Office but it made no difference.

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