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Cant Empty the Clipboard in Excel

If you're experiencing the "cannot empty the clipboard" error in Microsoft Excel, it's most likely due to a problem with the Office Clipboard. The Office Clipboard allows you to copy and paste multiple items in Office apps such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

When the error occurs, it usually means that something is preventing the Office Clipboard from working correctly. There are a few things that can cause this error, including:

  • A program or process that is using the clipboard
  • A virus or malware infection
  • A problem with Microsoft Office

Here are some troubleshooting steps you can try to fix the "cannot empty the clipboard" error:

Restart your computer

One of the first things you should try when you encounter this error is to restart your computer. This will often fix the problem, as it will close any programs or processes that may be using the clipboard. If restarting doesn't work, try closing all open programs and then restarting your computer.

Check for viruses or malware

If you haven't recently restarted your computer, it's also possible that a virus or piece of malware is causing the "cannot empty the clipboard" error. To check for this, you can run a virus scan using your preferred anti-virus program. If you don't have an anti-virus program installed on your computer, there are many free options available for download online.

Repair Microsoft Office

If you're still seeing the "cannot empty the clipboard" error after restarting your computer and checking for viruses, it's possible that there's a problem with Microsoft Office. To repair Microsoft Office, go to Control Panel > Programs & Features. Find Microsoft Office in the list of installed programs and click on it. Then click on Change/Repair to start the repair process.

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