Photoshop: can't copy and paste from external applications

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the world's "greatest" photo editor can't paste. who crippled it? was it a design indecision? oversight? please put it in. we need it folks.
paste as new selection, paste into new layer, paste as vector, paste as text(unformatted from notepad, maybe even keep the formatting from Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint or InDesign, or other Adobe Products!) also, screen capture would be nice.


may I have this as an update to cs5? I am having to use mspaint in order to paste and capture images. I paid $2800 for my cs5 master collection, and I would like to have something useful for my investment. thanks. an update would be VERY helpful.

thank you.
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Most people have no problem copying and pasting from other applications.

We have seen some third party plugins cause problems, and some windows utilities.

Which OS version are you using?
And have you installed all the updates for Photoshop?
Do you have any third party plugins, and have you tried disabling them?
Do you have any system utilities or other applications (jdownloader in particular) that might interfere with the normal system clipboard operation?
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I have tried this even without 3rd party plugins.
I am using ps cs5.
not using jdownloader. I have mcafee total protection and about 200 other pieces of software, about 20-30 of the GUI apps of which I have written.
nothing is interfering with the clipboard.
I have windows XP Pro SP3 32-bit, using PS CS5.
99% of the pasting I do is simply do alt-print-screen or print-screen to do a window or screen capture and then simply try to paste it in. doesn't work. fast and easy screen and window capture tools are paramount.

installed all updates except camera raw 6.7, it refuses to install just like camera raw 6.6 did,except this one won't even install manually. it is the only update left, so I assume its not critical. I don't currently have a camera that can use it yet, though I am considering making a lens file for my camera so I can have an excuse to use DNG's and XMPs or whatever.

here is the list of software I have: installed in windows:

[.] [..] [1888 Quick Flow Chart Creator]
[7-zip] [AC3Filter] [Adobe]
[Adobe Lens Profile Downloader] [Adobe Support Advisor] [AGEIA Technologies]
[aicon] [Amaya] [Amazon]
[Analog Devices] [Android] [Apple Software Update]
[APSW] [ArgoUML] []
[Audacity] [Audacity 1.3 Beta (Unicode)] [Auditor]
[AutoIt3] [Avery] [BACwater Software]
[Bonjour] [BRL-CAD] [camprocessor]
[CDBurnerXP] [CDex] [cdrtfe]
[Citrix] [ClamWin] [CMake 2.8]
[CodeBlocks] [Color Picker by Don Rowlett] [Common Files]
[ComPlus Applications] [Corel] [CPUID]
[createfile] [Creative] [CrossWire]
[Csound] [DebugMode] [Dia]
[diashapes] [diskgeometry] [duplicator]
[Editra] [Eigenmath] [Emerald Editor Community]
[ExcaliburCalculator] [Ext JS] [Ezer IT Consulting]
[FFmpeg for Audacity] [FileZilla FTP Client] [find-in-lines-in-files]
[findinlines] [FireShot for IE] [Fisher]
[fix-special-folders] [Flickr Uploadr] [FreeCAD0.10]
[FrostWire] [FrostWire 5] [Fubbie Tech Tests]
[Future Systems Solutions] [GanttProject] [GanttProjectPraha]
[gbPlot] [GetVersionEx] [GIMP-2.0]
[GIMPMassivePackage] [Glary Undelete] [Gnumeric]
[Goo Media Center] [Hewlett-Packard] [High-Logic]
[High-Logic MainType] [HP] [IBM]
[Inkscape] [InstallShield Installation Information] [Intel]
[Internet Explorer] [Intuit] [IrfanView]
[Java] [JoshMadison] [kitchentimer]
[KompoZer] [Lame for Audacity] [Linksys]
[LooksBuilder] [Macromedia] [MathStudio]
[Maxima-5.22.0] [McAfee] [McAfee Online Backup]
[] [McAfeeMOBK] [MediaCoder]
[Messenger] [Microsoft Analysis Services] [microsoft frontpage]
[Microsoft Help Viewer] [Microsoft IntelliPoint] [Microsoft Office]
[Microsoft Research] [Microsoft SDKs] [Microsoft Silverlight]
[Microsoft SQL Server] [Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition] [Microsoft Synchronization Services]
[Microsoft Visual Studio] [Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0] [Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0]
[Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor] [Microsoft.NET] [MIDITracker]
[Modem On Hold] [ModPlug] [Moffsoft FreeCalc]
[Moray For Windows] [Movie Maker] [Mozilla Firefox]
[Mozilla Maintenance Service] [Mozilla Thunderbird] [MSBuild]
[MSN] [MSN Gaming Zone] [MSXML 4.0]
[MWSnap] [My Company Name] [MySQL]
[nasm] [NetMeeting] [Nitro PDF]
[Norton Ghost] [NOS] [Notepad++]
[NSIS] [NVIDIA Corporation] [OKI]
[Online Services] [Open Clip Art Library] [OpenAxiom]
[OpenMPT] [ 3] [Opera]
[Oracle] [Outlook Express] [Paint.NET]
[Participatory Culture Foundation] [PDFCreator] [PhoneLettersToDigits]
[phonelist] [Photo Pos Pro] [Pidgin]
[PostgreSQL] [POV-Ray] [Professional Tag Editor]
[pwdgen] [Quicken] [QuickTime]
[randline] [Reference Assemblies] [Research In Motion]
[roman-numerals] [RomanNumerals] [Safari]
[SIM editor] [Smart Card Reader] [Sony]
[Sun] [SWFTools] [Symantec]
[sysinfo] [SystemRequirementsLab] [t@b]
[Taksi] [tasktimer] [tbmailsplit]
[tc-search] [timediff] [to-do-list]
[Traction Software] [TTCalc] [Uninstall Information]
[Unlocker] [uritoxml] [VideoLAN]
[VirtualDub] [Visual Batch] [Windows Media Components]
[Windows Media Connect 2] [Windows Media Player] [Windows NT]
[WindowsUpdate] [WinHTTrack] [WinMerge]
[WinPcap] [Wireshark] [XBMC]
[xerox] [XML] [XPontus]
[Xylgo] [Yahoo!] [zapdupes]