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Adobe Photoshop Clipboard Copy/Paste Bug Fix

July 16, 2009

Adobe Photoshop is a great piece of software. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s bug-free. Have you ever tried to copy a stock photo for a mock up and nothing happens when you try and paste in Photoshop?

This bug seems to be Windows XP and CS4 specific, but essentially what happens is Photoshop only checks the clipboard once while it is open. This can be very frustrating. Don’t fret though, we’ve found a fairly simple way to force Photoshop to import the clipboard each time you use the “Paste” command.

Instructions:

  1. In Windows, go to Start and then Run.
  2. Type in “Regedit” without the quotes
  3. Once in the registry editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Adobe > Photoshop > 11.0
  4. Right-click on the 11.0 folder and select New > DWORD and name it “AlwaysImportClipboard” without the quotes
  5. Double click the name and change the Value Data field from 0 to 1
  6. Restart Photoshop and paste away!

Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

41 Responses to Adobe Photoshop Clipboard Copy/Paste Bug Fix

  1. Tracy says:

    what about Photoshop element 8 for MAC? . . How do you fix the copy / paste problem? . . I always get an error message: ” . . could not place because of a program error???”

  2. Tim says:

    This all isn’t necessary. Just delete your preferences and all will be wel again. Preferences can be found here:

    Documents and Settings\Application DataAdobeAdobe Photoshop CS4Adobe Photoshop CS4 SettingsAdobe Photoshop CS4 Prefs.psp

    If you don’t want to delete your preferences file, you can temporaily move it:
    1. close photoshop
    2. move preferences file to desktop (or somewhere else)
    3. make sure there is no preference file in the folder mentioned above.
    4. Open photoshop
    5. check if you can paste the clipboard into photoshop
    6. paste your preference file from desktop to the folder mentioned above
    7. check if you can paste the clipboard into photoshop

  3. patti says:

    you need different numbers for different versions

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAdobePhotoshop10.0]
    “AlwaysImportClipboard”=dword:00000001

    Version 10.0 is Photoshop CS3. If you have CS2, use 9.0; for CS, 8.0; and for Photoshop 7, 7.0. Save the file as AlwaysImportClipbd_ON.reg, then double-click on it. That’s it!

  4. JBP says:

    it works!!!!!!!! thank you SO MUCH!!!!! i used it on vista and cs5 version 12, and it works exactly the same. really appreciate it!!

  5. Jeff says:

    Does not work on Windows 7 with Photoshop CS5. After applying the registry hack, I restarted Photoshop and all seemed fine. Then today I got the same clipboard issue again. This fix simply does not work.

  6. derp derp says:

    @mop and @jeff

    i am on windows7 with cs 5 64 bit, i tried the reg hack and it’s still not pasting text INTO photoshop

    what a drag! anyone else??

  7. Rost Firsikov says:

    >i am on windows7 with cs 5 64 bit, i tried the reg hack and it’s still not pasting text INTO photoshop

    Try follow instruction, but create second DWORD key with name “AlwaysImportClipboard64″ (without quotes)

    It works for me.

  8. Rost Firsikov says:

    Instructions for Adobe Photoshop CS5 x64:

    In Windows, go to Start and then Run.
    Type in “Regedit” without the quotes
    Once in the registry editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Adobe > Photoshop > 12.0
    Right-click on the 12.0 folder and select New > DWORD and name it “AlwaysImportClipboard64” without the quotes
    Double click the name and change the Value Data field from 0 to 1
    Restart Photoshop and paste away!

  9. mike says:

    I also had problem with 64bit version. I have fixed it by creating a ‘qword’ instead of ‘dword’, that pretty much means it s a 64bit value instead of a 32bit one (q for quad, and d for double). The key name is still “AlwaysImportClipboard”

  10. Bre says:

    After adding QWord value mine seems to work but only imports clipboard when I star PS. Later it always pastes the same thing over and over.

  11. [m] says:

    windows 7
    ps5.5
    regedit=hkey_current_user>software>adobe>photoshop>55.0

    didnt work.
    clipboard size still stuck at 1037×948 on ctrl + N.
    i can copy and paste from the clipboard.
    but the size is stuck.
    this problem has only recently started.
    worked fine for months.

    [m]

  12. Frustrated says:

    this problem popped up for me out of nowhere and id NEVER had it in 10yrs of photoshop. i tried all fixes above and none worked. i had recently installed soft of the NIK Software plugins. Since that was the only thing i could think of, i uninstalled them. i also tried the suggestion of deleting the prefrences.

    when i reopened PS, i could paste again. tried restoring my prefrences, and i was still able to paste. so to ME, it seems these plugins were somehow to blame. later ill reinstall them and and see if the problem comes back, but for now, that seems to have been my cause.

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  15. chariti says:

    This worked, for psd folder 12.0 in regedit. THANK YOU. you have saved my head from further banging sessions on my desk.

  16. Mike says:

    A simple method that has always worked with PS 5 to CS2 is ton minimise and maximise PSP before pasting
    I’m currently using CS2 on Win* and this method still works better than any reg hack…..hope this helps some of you …cheers

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