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Windows 7: Clipboard (Win 7) Automatically Clearing Before Paste

18 Jul 2014   #11

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

I could be wrong too Some of my information is mixed up between many releases.

At some point Office had an add-in for a special clipboard. It allowed a list of objects, not just one, to be held in it's clipboard.

It was a good idea if you wanted to copy a number of things and paste them into different files. You could paste the 1st and 4th copied text into 1 Word document, then you could paste the 2nd and 3rd copied text into a different document.

Sometimes, this special clipboard got hosed. By limiting it to one object, that cleared up the problem. You might be able to just empty the Office clipboard to see if that helps.

A quick test is to close all Office applications and see if the problem continues. I don't know if the special Office clipboard stays alive in the background or not. To be honest, I can't recall when the Office clipboard was introduced, so it might not even be on your system.

The article below doesn't list Office97, but take a look - it might explain better than I have.
See: Copy and paste multiple items by using the Office Clipboard - Word

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21 Jul 2014   #12

Win 7 Pro x32

Slartybart: Per the article link, the earliest office with a separate clipboard was Office 2007.
To my knowledge I've never used the Office clipboard, only the standard clipboard whose functions -- I believe -- are part of User32.dll.
XP has a separate clipboard viewer (clipbrd.exe in system32), but I've only used it once or twice.
It was deprecated in Windows 7.
Both (Office and Viewer) are Independent of my problem as it relates to the standard clipboard to the best of my knowledge.
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22 Jul 2014   #13

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

That was one article... here's a MS kb referencing Office 2000
How to prevent the Office Clipboard toolbar from appearing when you use multiple Copy commands in any Office 2000 program

Searching is easy, finding is more difficult.

Not to drag down your thread with a debate on when Office clipboard was introduced.
... I was saying is that I recalled an issue with Office and Windows clipboard. When Office clipboard got hosed, it hosed Windows clipboard. Now that I dug into the deep recesses of memory, it was a memory overrun.

It should be easy enough for you to test, if Office97 did in fact have the clipboard and you can find it, just turn it off. That's another thing I recall, the Office clipboard was buried in a sub -menu or two (but that's just my recollection)

Anyway, thanks for the memories

That's all I had on this issue.

Good luck, please post the solution when you find it so other members might benefit.


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