CTRL + C and CTRL + V Not Working in Windows 8? Fix It!

Keyboards Device Manager_ll If you happen to run into a problem with the hotkeys CTRL+C and CTRL+V that are frequently used for copying files, then here is a possible fix

Kill Processes That Could Be Blocking This Shortcut And Remove Keyboard From Device Manager

1. Step One of the possible culprits is that another program assigned a new function to the shortcuts. So check if you are using tools like Autohotkey first. If you do, do not just suspend them, actually close them and then test

To close the tools go to the task manager CTRL + ALT + DEL

Kill Autohotkey

2. Step If that doesn’t work, open the Device Manager, uncollapse Keyboards and uninstall it via right-click

Keyboards Device Manager

3. Step Still no dice? Kill all processes via the task manager one by one and check if CTRL + C works

4. Step There must be a program that is using that shortcut or blocking it – think carefully about what programs are on your PC. Do you use any tools like DisplayFusion or screenshot tools that could accidentally block this shortcut?

5. Step Are you using an alternate file explorer for Windows 8? Consider all possibilities that could block CTRL + C and CTRL + V

Still no luck? Post a question below

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4 Responses to CTRL + C and CTRL + V Not Working in Windows 8? Fix It!

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Aruns said:

    Still it has same problem. And unable to use this ctrl c and ctrl v.
    And I have been uninstalled recent programs which is include IDM, Photoscap and all.

    Can any help us.

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Pam said:

    I have used at least 4 different windows 7 laptops, from different owners, and I encounter the same problem: Most times I cannot ctrl+C and then ctrl+V a file or folder to another location. Ctrl+C and then ctrl+v will work perfectly for copying text or images from inside a file to another.

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    pj said:

    I couldn’t use ctrl c or v. then I closed the virtual xp and just used windows 7 and problem solved.

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Mat said:

    I have a similar problem on a SurfacePro2. If I use the “Right-Click Copy” and “Right-Click Paste” (as long as I PASTE right away without clicking anywhere else) that will work; however IF I click anywhere else I get a “Screen-Shot Paste”.

    Also, the “CTRL + C” and “Ctrl + V” ONLY sometimes works (with the same results if the paste is not done right away. In Windows 7 the “Clipboard” seems to ALWAYS remember the LAST “CTRL + C” that was done. but not in Windows 8.1!

    Any ideas about WHY Microsoft killed or mangled the Clipboard so bad in Windows 8.1 ???

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