By Ellie / Last Updated March 18, 2022

Windows 10 RDP clipboard not working

"When I was using RDP to remotely control my office computer from home on Windows 10 this morning, I was unable to copy and paste to a remote desktop session. I've tried to copy folders, text files, words, excels, but none of those work. Can anyone tell me how to fix this problem? It has really affected my work efficiency."

Remote Desktop has greatly facilitated our work life by allowing us to remotely access files and data from anywhere. But sometimes, we may get into trouble when Windows 10 RDP clipboard not working, for example, we're unable to copy and paste files in a remote session.

Four solutions to fix Windows 10 RDP clipboard not working

When RDP clipboard not working, the first thing we can think of is to restart the program or even restart our computer. This may work sometimes, but not every time. Thus, in this post, we offer you four effective ways to help you fix Windows 10 RDP clipboard not working issue.

Solution 1. Change Group Policy setting on the host computer

Clipboard redirection not working may cause the user to fail to use the clipboard to transfer files on the host computer in RDP. Drive redirection allows a user to get access to their local drives in an RDP session. It is also used when copying files. Thus, when copy and paste not working on Windows 10, you need to check whether you’ve enabled the use of the RDP clipboard on the Windows host for copy and paste operations or not.

Step 1. Press Win + R to invoke the Run dialog box, then type in “gpedit.msc” and press OK to open up the Local Group Policy Editor.

Local Group Policy Editor Window

Step 2. Navigate here: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Device and Resource Redirection.

Device and Resource Redirection

Step 3. Double-click Device and Resource Redirection, find Do not allow Clipboard redirection and Do not allow drive redirection in the right pane.

Clipboard Drive Redirection

Step 4. First, double-click Do not allow Clipboard redirection, then change the state of it from Not configured or Enable to Disable. Click OK to save the change.

Disable Do Not Allow Clipboard

Step 5. Then follow the same direction in step 4 to change the state of Do not allow drive redirection to Disabled.

Disable Do Not Allow Drive Redirection

Step 6. After you’ve changed both states, open Windows PowerShell and run gpupdate /force to update your computer to the latest group policy settings.

Gpupdate Force

Step 7. Restart your computer to see if the problem is fixed or not.

Solution 2. Enable clipboard and drives on the client computer

We’ve discussed how to enable clipboard and drive redirection on the host computer above. The remote clipboard and drives must also be enabled in the settings of the RDP client you are using to connect to a remote computer to ensure you can transfer files easily and copy-paste texts freely between the local computer and the remote computer.

Step 1. Search for Remote Desktop Connection in the Search box. And then open it.

Remote Desktop Connection

Step 2. In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, click Show Options.

Show Options

Step 3. Click the Local Resources tab, check Clipboard. Then click More.

Check Clipboard

Step 4. On the Local devices and resources window, check Drives. Click OK to finish the setting

Check Drives

Solution 3. Restart rdpclip.exe on the host computer

Rdpclip.exe is the task that decides whether the clipboard function is processing well between two computers. So when RDPClip not working, you could restart the task on your host computer to see if this method works out.  

Step 1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to invoke the Task Manager window.

Task Manager

Step 2. Go into the Details tab and find the task named “rdpclip.exe”.

Rdpclip.exe

Step 3. Right-click “rdpclip.exe” task and then click “End task”.

End Rdpclic Task

Step 4. Go to File and then click Run new task.   

Run New Task

Step 5.  A Create new task window will pop up. Type in “rdpclip.exe” in the box and then click OK to restart Remote Desktop Clipboard

Create New Task

Solution 4. Remove antivirus programs

According to some users’ feedback, sometimes, the use of antivirus programs with Remote Desktop causes RDP clipboard not working on Windows 10. Therefore if you have your antivirus program running, it is recommended that you quit it or just remove it first, and then try to use Remote Desktop copy and paste again. 

Conclusion 

Generally speaking, it’s not easy to perform RDP. When something is wrong, it always takes tedious procedures to fix it. If you’re unfortunately facing the problem right now, the above-mentioned four possible causes of and respective solutions to Windows 10 RDP clipboard not working problem may give you some help.

If you want to try another remote desktop tool, you can use AnyViewer.  It is a free, fast, and secure remote access software. Once you assigned devices to the same account, you can easily achieve unattended remote access with one click. Besides, it is not technically demanding for users. Even you are a computer novice, you can get started easily and quickly.

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