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Illustrator Copy & Paste not working

New Here ,
May 03, 2018 May 03, 2018

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I made a rectangle and tried to select, Copy and paste- it wont work.  It lets me select but when I hit Ctrl -the selection tool changes to "direct selection" and shows a little curved line.  Then it wont let me Ctrl C-Ctrl V.  I also tried to just select and go to the edit menu and copy and that will not work either.

I used the pen tool to make a shape and see if I could copy that and its doing the same thing...so I think its some issue with the selection tool.

I dont know if I accidentally changed a setting or how I can fix this, but its very frustrating.  Please help!! 

Thanks!

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Community Expert , May 03, 2018 May 03, 2018

It sounds like you may need to trash your Illustrator preferences.

To do so:

You can try the quick way of resetting on a PC which is to hold down Ctrl + Alt + Shift when launching Illustrator and respond affirmatively when asked if you want to reset. There have been some recent reports that the window asking if you want to reset is not popping up but that the prefs are being reset anyway. If this works great but if it doesn’t you may have to manually delete them.

To do so:

On Windows 7 and above the

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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I had this annoying problem with Illustrator and nothing of the above suggestions had worked for me.

So I went to Photoshop's Edit menu, and selected Purge and Clipboard.

And it did the magic

 

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 31, 2023 Oct 31, 2023

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OMG Thank you! This did the trick after nothing else in this thread worked. I had to open Photoshop, create a new document, COPY something, then EDIT->PURGE->CLIPBOARD, then I opened Illustrator, and it worked.

Extremly disappointed by Adobe in this thread, not even acknowledging this bug. How is this not an Adobe issue, but an "issue with people's computer", if it's entirely caused and solved by Adobe programs?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 31, 2023 Oct 31, 2023

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Well, celebrated too early. It now exactly works one single time after opening Illustrator.

 

I open illustrator. Copy one element. I can now paste this element as often I want. If I copy this (or another) element again, I cannot paste anymore.

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Oct 31, 2023 Oct 31, 2023

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The size of the clipboard is limited by the amount of RAM you have installed, by other apps running simultaneously and by how often you reboot the computer. Rebooting is good for your computer and above all it cleans up RAM.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 31, 2023 Oct 31, 2023

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I am sorry, I take everything back about this being Adobe's fault (I cannot edit the comment).

It was AnyViewer causing this. (as per this user: https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/copy-paste-not-always-working-randomly/m-p/13...)

 

Thanks anyway for the fast response.

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