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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Someone provided guidance on why this is happening at https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_excel-mso_win10/theres-a-problem-with-the-clipboard-but-you-can/6720299f-1084-4104-93cc-abee9dcf7469 Unfortunately, "Last year we made some improvements to Office365 users so that this error message only shows once per Excel instance" simply isn't true. I am moving a whole block of cells one at a time and I sometimes get the error 3 times in a row, every other time, or some other random interval. So far I've seen the warning message ~10 times! This regression to functionality that started in Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 is maddening. I'm running Excel 365 (current version as of 4-18-19) on Win10 1809. Both Win10 clipboard features are turned Off.Kentc supported this idea ·