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Adobe Photoshop Clipboard Copy/Paste Bug Fix

Eric Guess 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.

  • http://www.venecijaneri.net/ Andrija

    Does NOT work!

  • Matt

    i dont believe it works

  • Tracy

    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???”

  • Tracy

    the author of this article – Eric Guess, is REALLY “Guessing” . . . ! !

  • Adam

    It did work here! (Pshop CS4, Windows XP 64-bit) Great fix!

  • Michelle

    It works for me (photoshop cs4 extended, windows vista)

  • Amy

    Seems to have worked for me, thanks for the tip!

  • Vinit

    WOW!!!
    IT WORKS!!!

  • Paul

    hey, it worked :)

    PS CS5 extended – win xp 32bit. great, thank you :)

  • http://design-farm.net AC

    Don’t work for me
    PS CS5 Extended on WinXP 32Bit

  • Tim

    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

  • RogueWarrior

    @Tim

    Or, you could just restart PS. /n008

  • patti

    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!

  • JBP

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

  • Tom

    Works, thanks a lot :)
    Saved me from a lot of raging :)

  • LewLorton

    does this work for CS5 and is it Version 12?

  • Roxy

    Worked perfectly for me! Yippee been trying to fix this for ages! Thanks!

  • Jeff

    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.

  • ProphBundy

    It works for CS5 with Windows7

  • mop

    Jeff is right. the same happened here

  • Gus

    At first try works great with Windows 7 and CS5. Thank you!

  • derp derp

    @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??

  • Rost Firsikov

    >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.

  • Rost Firsikov

    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!

  • mike

    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”

  • Bre

    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.

  • Bre

    *when I start

  • Shirit

    Awesome worked great ! I used the CS5 suggestion someone commented. (Folder 12 and naming it AlwaysImportClipboard64)

  • mnemoniq

    Windows 7 x64 and photoshop cs5.5, registry hack work great, now i can paste text. THX

  • eyedfy

    The registry hack worked for me, so far…

    Win 7 64-bit
    Pshop CS5 vanilla (no plugins)

  • [m]

    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]

  • Marcel

    it works great, thank you very much

  • http://no istanbul

    thanks Tim, great Tip!! it works

  • Frustrated

    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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  • Malcolm

    Sweet, thank you!

  • Malcolm

    Nice, thank you!

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  • Zeke

    Worked perfect for me on windows 7­. thanks for the tip bro

  • chariti

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

  • Mike

    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