Can’t Paste in Paint on Windows 11? Here’s How to Fix That
If you're experiencing issues with pasting in Paint on Windows 11, you can try the following solutions to fix the problem:
Check Clipboard Access: Ensure that Paint has permission to access the clipboard. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click the Windows icon in the taskbar to open the Start menu.
- Click on "Settings" (the gear icon).
- In the Settings window, click on "Privacy & security."
- Select "Clipboard" from the left sidebar.
- Make sure that the "Clipboard history" and "Sync across devices" options are turned on.
Use Keyboard Shortcuts: You can try using keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste. Use
Ctrl+Cto copy and
Check Clipboard History: If you're using Clipboard History, make sure it's enabled and the content you're trying to paste is available in the clipboard history.
Restart Paint: Sometimes, a simple restart of the Paint application can resolve this issue. Close Paint, then reopen it and try pasting again.
Restart Your Computer: If restarting Paint doesn't work, try restarting your computer. This can sometimes clear up issues related to clipboard functionality.
Check for Updates: Make sure your Windows 11 operating system is up to date. Microsoft frequently releases updates that can fix bugs and improve performance, including clipboard-related issues.
Check for Third-party Software Conflicts: Some third-party software or clipboard managers may interfere with the clipboard functionality in Paint. Try disabling or uninstalling any such software temporarily to see if that resolves the issue.
Run the SFC Scan: The System File Checker (SFC) can identify and repair corrupted system files that may be causing the clipboard issue. To run an SFC scan, open a Command Prompt with administrative privileges and run the following command:
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the scan and allow Windows to repair any corrupt files it finds
Use Snipping Tool: If you are unable to paste images into Paint, try using the built-in Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch to capture and edit screenshots. These tools might be more reliable for capturing and pasting images.
Reset Paint: As a last resort, you can try resetting the Paint app. To do this:
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to "Apps" and then "Apps & features."
- Search for "Paint" and click on it.
- Click on "Advanced options."
- Under the Reset section, click the "Reset" button.
Remember to back up any important work before resetting the app, as it will remove any custom settings and preferences.
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