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How to enable Copy and Paste (Clipboard) in Remote Desktop?

In this article, you will learn about, How to enable Copy and Paste (Clipboard) in Remote Desktop? This is a quick article, in which we have covered Windows, macOS, Android, and IOS platforms.


What is Clipboard?

The clipboard is a temporary buffer content, in which content will be stored temporarily in system RAM. For example, if you copy anything, temporarily that content/input will be copied in the Clipboard.


How to enable Copy and Paste (Clipboard) for Remote Desktop in Windows?

If you are having a Windows Operating system (7,10, etc), you already have a Remote Desktop Connection application installed on the system.

1. Get started by searching “Remote Desktop Connection” or “mstsc” in the search box.

open remote desktop connection application windows

2. Click on “Show Options” → “Local Resources“.

How to enable Copy and Paste for Remote Desktop in Windows

3. Check the option “Clipboard” within “Local devices and resources“.

check the clipboard option


How to enable Copy and Paste (Clipboard) for Remote Desktop in Android?

1. Open the “Remote Desktop” application by Microsoft Corporation.

open remote desktop application in android

2. Click on “•••” → “Edit”

click on three dots remote desktop android

3. Navigate to the “Device & Audio Redirection” and check the option “Clipboard” as shown in the below Image.

remote desktop copy paste

4. Click on “Save“, to keep the changes.

navigate-to-device-and-audio-redirection


How to enable Copy and Paste (Clipboard) for Remote Desktop in macOS?

1. Download the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” client from the Mac App Store.

install remote desktop for macos

2. Now open the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” application and click on “PCs“, next click on “+” → Add PC.

open microsoft remoteconnection in macos

3. Navigate to the “Devices & Audio” option.

navigate to devices and audio macos

4. Check the “Clipboard” option.

check clipboard option in macos

5. Click on “Add/Save” to keep the changes.

click on add to save clipboard option


How to enable Copy and Paste (Clipboard) for Remote Desktop in IOS?

1. Download the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” client from the Apple App Store.

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2. Now open the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” application and click on “PCs“, next click on “+” → Add PC.

click on add pc

3. Navigate to the “DEVICES & AUDIO REDIRECTION” section, and “enable/turn on” the “Clipboard” option.

turn on clipboard option IOS

4. Click on “Save” to keep the changes.

click on save in IOS


How to troubleshoot the clipboard?

Sometimes copy and paste feature doesn’t work due to any reason. If you caught up in an issue like this, then follow the below steps to fix it,

1. Navigate to Windows Task Manager.

how to fix clipboard issue

2. Navigate to “Processes“.

navigate to processes

3. Select the process “rdpclip.exe” then click on “End task“.

click on end task

4. Now, click on File Run new task.

click on run new task

5. Enter “rdpclip.exe OK.

click on ok rdpclip exe

Updated on October 9, 2021

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