I am unable to copy and paste between my desktop a remote desktop session even though Clipboard is enable under local resources in the Mstsc.exe

I'm on a Windows XP SP3 connected to Server 2003.

  • Can you copy and paste AT ALL, or does it stop working after 30 minutes or so? Oct 25, 2010 at 6:52

8 Answers 8


When you run mstsc.exe (the client), go into options and go to the Local Resources tab. Ensure "Clipboard" is selected in the "Local devices and resources" group.

If you have a pre-defined .rpd file, right click to edit and get the options, then ensure you save the file to persist any updates.

Also check that clipboard integration is not disabled on the server. I'm not sure that a normal user can check this, but with suitable rights it is easy. On the server in Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration (or Terminal Services ... on older Windows versions) select properties for the connection and the Client Settings tab allows various client integration functions to be disabled (checking the checkbox disables the feature).

EDIT: Thanks to @Sergy for reminding me that clipboard integration can also be disabled on the server.

  • That sure is selected and Im not running it from a .rdp shortcut.
    – Jake
    Oct 25, 2010 at 8:40
  • 3
    Clipboard redirection can be disabled in terminal server configuration (it will override user settings).
    – Sergey
    Oct 25, 2010 at 9:47
  • @Sergey: good point, time to update the A.
    – Richard
    Oct 26, 2010 at 8:40
  • @Sergey - How can I know (as user - not as admin) if Clipboard redirection is disabled ?
    – itsho
    Jun 10, 2014 at 10:32

If copy paste is enabled both in the server and the remote desktop connection but still doesn't work, the following works for me (taken from here):

Do the following on the remote machine:

  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
  • 1
    This is better than the accepted answer!
    – Mert Meral
    Jan 6, 2017 at 7:58
  • This works like a charm!!
    – Arbaz Alam
    Sep 25, 2017 at 6:10
  • Worked for me. Thanks. Jul 31, 2020 at 7:48

I had similar issue. There was no change in any settings but this problem was faced by few users on my RDP server. What i did to fix the issue was I went to Start>Administrative Tools>Remote Desktop Services>Remote Desktop Services Manager Right clicked on the user with copy-paste issue and clicked reset. Logged in again with RDP and the copy-paste function was working again.


If you happen to have Administrative credentials to the remote machine and it's accessible over the LAN, don't forget about the good ol \\hostname\C$ hidden share. You can use this to transfer files to/from the remote host.

  • The question was about copy/paste or clipboard sharing over Remote Desktop, not about file sharing. May 15, 2017 at 19:27
  • +1 Not specifically an answer to the question, but after trying to copy a file for hours unsuccessfully, was relieved when this worked.
    – caesay
    Jun 5, 2020 at 10:30

If you're using Remote Desktop Manager to manage a group of RDP connections, make sure that for the individual connection, the resources tab isn't overwritten by the "inherit from parent" checkbox.


Restart RDP Clip Monitor process on both hosts. You can do this by following the below steps:


  1. Open windows run command (Windows Key + R).

  2. Hit below command

Taskkill.exe /im rdpclip.exe

  1. Above command will kill RDP Clip Monitor process, and then you can restart the process again by running the following command:


It should start the process again and the clipboard should start working again now.


You can also check:

GPO (local or domain):

Local Computer Policy - Computer Configuration - Policies - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Terminal Services - Terminal Server - Device and Resource Redirection

Do not allow clipboard redirection


Remote Desktop Connection > Options > Select checkbox "Clipboard"

Extracted from:



Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services and make fDisableCdm = 0.

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