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“The clipboard cannot be emptied….” Microsoft Office Fix

The Clipboard cannot be emptied. Another program may be using the clipboard.

Many Microsoft users have seen this error – “The Clipboard cannot be emptied. Another program may be using the clipboard. while attempting copy and paste operations in Excel.

So when this error is displayed there is a possibility that the plugin which has been recently installed has decided to take over your clipboard. So here are a few things which can be checked.

Possible Causes which can cause “The clipboard cannot be emptied….” error

1. Browser Plugins

You may have recently installed a plugin in your Internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox which may be utilizing your clipboard.

2. Office Plugin

There may be a plugin installed in your Microsoft office, To check please follow the instructions given below:

  1. Select “File” > “Options“.
  2. Select “Add-ins” on the left pane.
  3. Look under the “Active Application Add-ins” for any plugin which may be possibly causing this issue. If you find anything that’s can be causing it, select the “Go” button, then uncheck or remove the plugin.
  4. If issue not fix then continue on the next possible cause

3. Newly Installed Applications

Did you installed any application recently, if yes then

  • Open your Control panel
  • Select “Programs” option > “Uninstall a Program”
  • Now sort the list by “Installed On” option. If a new program is installed try to uninstall it and then check if the issue is fixed. You have to do some experiments to fix this issue.

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