How to Fix Unable to Copy and Paste to Remote Desktop Session

How to Fix Unable to Copy and Paste to Remote Desktop Session

The Remote Desktop Protocol is a proprietary network protocol from Microsoft for remote access to computers. It enables the transmission of graphic screen contents from a remote computer system as well as the provision of peripheral functions of a workstation. “The Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) provides remote display and input capabilities over network connections for Windows-based applications running on a server.” (MSDN) Essentially, RDP allows users to control their remote Windows machine as if they were working on it locally (well, almost).

Let’s Fix it

We need to fix it from both site Client Site and also in RDP Session

Client Settings

    • Open Remote Desktop Connection App First
    • Right-click on the RDP icon that you use to connect, then select “Edit“.
    • Select the “Local Resources” tab.
    • Check the “Clipboard” option (this is only for copying and paste text and not files). 

    • For Files, you need to give more permissions.
    • To allow file copying and pasting, select “More….

    • Select the “Drives” option. Click “OK“, then “OK” again.

Server Settings


    • Launch “gpedit.msc“.
    • Navigate to “Computer Configuration” > “Administrative Templates” > “Windows Components” > “Remote Desktop Services” > “Remote Desktop Session Host.
    • Ensure “Do not allow Clipboard redirection” is set to “Not Configured” or “Disabled“.

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