Copy and Paste is not working on Remote Desktop Connection

  • 06 February 2017
  • ADM


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I am working on remote computers on a daily basis and copy and paste issue between the host and remote machine is one of the most annoying issues. The problem is coming from a process called rdpclip. Rdpclip (remote desktop clipboard) is responsible for managing a shared clipboard between your local host and the remote desktop (the process runs on the remote machine). I am not sure if is a rule or not, but I have notice that this is happening when the remote machine is not restarted in a long time and in a remote work this is really common.


To fix this follow the next simple steps.

  1. Load up task manager (right click taskbar and select Task Manager)
  2. Go to the Processes Tab
  3. Select rdpclip.exe
  4. Click End Process
  5. Go to the Application Tab
  6. Click New Process
  7. Type rdpclip.
  8. Click Ok

Now you should be able to use the copy and paste function between the computers.

Permanent Fix

Unfortunately, I didn't found any permanent solution to fix it. What you can do and simplify these steps is to create a .bat or .cmd file and just run the file when needed: the fix is at one double-click distance.

The commands needed to be added in the .bat file are:

taskkill.exe /im rdpclip.exe

It is not a nice solution but is the faster way to do it.