Ctrl+V (and even "Paste" from any menu) doesn't work
Thread poster: Natalya Zelikova

Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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Sep 22, 2005

Suddenly I lost all options to paste copied text in all applications (browsers, Word, e-mail program, etc.)
I can use Ctrl+X (or delete), I can use Ctrl+C (copy), but when I try to paste anything (either with Ctrl+V, from contextual menu or from the toolbar Edit menu) I paste only one space.

The only thing that helps is to display Clipboard panel (in Word) and click an item to paste it.

Is there something wrong with my Clipboard?
How can I fix it?

Thank you in advance.


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Reboot Sep 22, 2005

You have, of course, tried rebooting your PC to see whether that would make the problem go away? That's the first thing I would try.

HTH,
Benjamin


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Saskia Steur  Identity Verified
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Have you tried restarting your computer? Sep 22, 2005

Hi there,
Have you tried restarting your computer? I sometimes get similar problems in Outlook, and when I switch the computer off and restart it, the problems have disappeared.
Hope it works for you.
Good luck,
Saskia

[Edited at 2005-09-22 10:39]


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Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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Yes, I tried. Sep 22, 2005

It didn't help.

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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Which version of Windows you have? Sep 22, 2005

If it is XP, you can try Start>All programs>Accessories>System tools>System restore to restore your system to some earlier time when all was OK. (That doesn't affect your recent documents, I mean you will not loose any data).

Uldis


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Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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System restore option was off Sep 22, 2005

So I can not choose any control point to restore the system against it.

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Natalie  Identity Verified
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- Sep 22, 2005

Did you install/uninstall some software recently?

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Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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No. Sep 22, 2005

That's the point. I haven't installed anything and have only worked with my usual everyday programs.
I am planning to reinstall the system and make some upgrade later today, but I would just like to know, why this has happened.


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Before reinstalling the system... Sep 22, 2005

try to do the following.

Go to Start > Run and type exactly what follows (be sure there is a space before the slash):
sfc /scannow

This will scan your windows files for corrupted system files, but you will be asked to load your winXP CD from which good original windows files will be copied - so make sure you have the CD handy.


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Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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Natalie Sep 22, 2005

I did everything as you said and restarted my computer.
I was able to do 2 trial pastes and then everything went as before.
So it didn't work.


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Nick Lingris  Identity Verified
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Keyboard problem? Sep 22, 2005

In my more than 20 years in computing, this is the first time I hear of a clipboard problem. I find it more likely that it is a keyboard problem (I once spent a nightmarish hour trying to understand what was wrong, when it was just a book pressing against the keyboard's Escape key). All I could suggest is that you unplug the keyboard and plug it back in, probably after cleaning any areas that may have gathered dust.

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Piotr Sawiec  Identity Verified
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Virus? Sep 22, 2005

read the following forum,

http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-1476169.php

MBlast virus did it to someone.

Ctrl+V is a keyboard shorcut, but have you tried using your right mouse button to copy and paste? Maybe something went wrong with keyboard shortcuts?

Piotr


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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
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Virus? Sep 22, 2005

This is a symptom of W32.blaster.worm. Are you sure your computer is not infected?

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Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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virus... Sep 22, 2005

I have checked the keyboard as soon as I noticed the problem and it was not it's "fault". (I've tried another keyboard).
I also can't use contextual menu (right button on my mouse) and can't use Edit->Paste in all the programs I use (Word, my browser, e-mail program, etc.)

Reinstallation didn't help either.

So it looks like it is a virus.


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Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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But this is not MSBlast Sep 23, 2005

I ran Malicious Software removal tool from Microsoft, ran FixBlast from Symantec and checked my computer for viruses.
Found nothing...


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