Can't copy and paste in Remote Desktop Connection session

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As an IT administrator, one of the most common issues that you may encounter is not being able to copy and paste in a remote desktop connection session. This issue can be very frustrating and time-consuming, as it can prevent you from quickly transferring information between computers. Fortunately, there are a few steps that you can take to troubleshoot and fix this issue, allowing you to resume your work without any further delay.

The first step that should be taken when troubleshooting this issue is to make sure that the remote desktop connection session is configured properly. This includes checking the settings in the Remote Desktop Connection client, such as the local resources, display options, and remote computer settings. If any of these settings are incorrect, they may be preventing you from copying and pasting.

Another factor to consider is the clipboard redirection feature. This feature is enabled by default in most versions of Windows, and it allows you to copy and paste information between computers. However, if the feature is disabled, you won't be able to copy and paste in the remote desktop connection session. To check if the feature is enabled, open the Remote Desktop Connection client, click on the Local Resources tab, and make sure that the Clipboard box is checked.

In some cases, the problem may be caused by a firewall or antivirus software. If you are using a third-party firewall or antivirus program, you may need to configure it to allow clipboard redirection. If you are using the Windows Firewall, you can open the Windows Firewall settings, select the Advanced Settings tab, and make sure that the Remote Desktop Connection service is allowed access.

If the problem persists, you may need to clear the clipboard on both the local and remote computers. To do this, open the Run dialog box (by pressing the Windows key + R), type \cmd\ into the box, and press Enter. Then, type \clipbrd\ into the command line, and press Enter. This will open a small window that will allow you to clear the clipboard. Repeat the process on both computers, and then try to copy and paste again.

Finally, if the problem is still not resolved, you may need to restart both the local and remote computers. This should help to reset any settings that may be preventing you from copying and pasting. Once both computers have been restarted, try to copy and paste again.

By following these steps, you should be able to troubleshoot and fix the issue of not being able to copy and paste in a remote desktop connection session. With these steps, you can resume your work without any further delay.

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