Photoshop: Images won't paste from clipboard to PS CS5 - is this a bug?

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Hi

If I copy an image from a browser or anywhere on my machine, it won't paste into CS5. Sometimes it does to start off with, but then it won't anymore.

If I paste the image into MS Paint, it appears, but not in CS5.

Anyone figured out a workaround for the glitch?

I tried purging the clipboard, but it didn't fix the problem.

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Shaun Thomson
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What OS and browser did you use? The Paste menu is gray out or nothing happened after click it?
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Kerry McKinlay

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I use Win 7 64bit, adn the problem is the same in Firefox or IE
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Chris Cox

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We've seen this problem with some older versions of some third party plugins. Updating the plugins (or disabling them) allowed the clipboard to work correctly.
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Kerry McKinlay

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I don't think I have any plugins in Photoshop. Where would I look to find out?

Cheers
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Chris Cox

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Did you install any third party plugins? They would normally be in the Plug-Ins folder, or pointed to by the optional plugins path in preferences.
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Kerry McKinlay

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I havn't installed any, but there are a whole bunch in the plugins folder. Not sure if they came installed with CS5, or if they are 3rd party.
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This problem is stills stood. I had recently take a screenshot and tried to paste into PS. But it didn't work. I have no any plugins, too. I also had this problem in CS3.
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I have the same problem.

most people try to paste using ctrl-V, into a newly started PS yes? this doesn't work. in windows when you do a alt-printscrn to capture a window and then you start photoshop, it ignores the clipboard, because Edit->Paste (practically all of Edit) is grayed. I am using 32-bit ps cs5 extended. it's almost like PS has its OWN clipboard aside from the windows clipboard... there needs to be some compatibility there. PS 12.0.4 x32

and when I capture the screen again when ps is already started, it ignores the clipboard and edit menu is still grayed out.

if there is something in the clipboard, I should be able to paste as a new image. I consider this to be a BASIC OPERATION for any paint program. even xp's mspaint does this. I should also be able to paste as a selection if it is a good photo program...
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Do you have any third party plugins installed? Have you tried disabling them?
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Jim

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yes, I have plugins installed. I moved the plugins out of the program files-adobe-ps-plugins-filters directory (some programs wish to install their filters in the adobe filter directory under program files\adobe...) into a separate dir and disabled the filters, but this had no effect.

like the other folks said, they don't have plugins installed and they have the same problem. the fix-suggestion is irrelevant because it ignores proper test results from multiple people.
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Jim

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I have cs5. is this fixed in 5.5? is that why I am not seeing the problem fixed? what exactly are the "conditions of success"?
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Every time we look into reproduceable cases of clipboard problems, the cause is always a bug in a third party plugin, or an external application. Adobe can do nothing to fix those.

Windows XP may still have bugs in the OS clipboard support, but MS claims to have fixed those in Vista.
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On OS X, copying a PNG with transparency from Chrome or Safari to Preview, Fireworks or Illustrator works. In Photoshop, the pasted PNG renders white wherever there is transparency.

This is on OS X 10.8.2 using Photoshop 13.0.1 x64
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I tried to copy several movie posters and it works for a while and then it just stops 'pasting'. I have to restart Photoshop to get it to start work again.

The copy function doesn't copy to the clipboard because the paste function is grayed out or unavailable!!!!

Big time GLITCH
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Happened here too. I think this is linked to the gigantic number of things i already copied to my clipboard. Happens a lot, because i'm a copying maniac. On older versions of Photoshop (7 and so), if you put a lot of stuff into ctrl+c, it would crash. Maybe this is the Adobe's improvement to no crashings. :p
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To solve this problem run your photoshop as Administrator and enjoy
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I am running PhotoShop CC, version 20.0.1, and it still has the same problem - and running it as an Administrator does not help, so I am NOT enjoying. Is anyone from Adobe paying attention? This seems to be an 8 year-old problem that affects some users. I am on a Windows 10, 64 bit Dell laptop. Sometimes it works, others it does not. So, can someone PLEASE address this issue - it is most annoying and makes PhotoShop useless for the way some of us use it. 
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Where are you copying from and pasting to? As you can see, its usually a system specific problem otherwise millions of customers would be reporting it. It might be the app you're copying from, privacy settings, a 3rd party utility.
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I am running PhotoShop CC, version 20.0.1, and it still has the same problem - and running it as an Administrator does not help, so I am NOT enjoying. Is anyone from Adobe paying attention? This seems to be an 8 year-old problem that affects some users. I am on a Windows 10, 64 bit Dell laptop. Sometimes it works, others it does not. So, can someone PLEASE address this issue - it is most annoying and makes PhotoShop useless for the way some of us use it. 
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Hi,

I am copying from and pasting to because i have an jpg that I want to use in PhotoShop without having it on the Background layer. I figured it out. I should have known I would get a snarky answer from someone instead of a little help. This is the kinid of response I've received every time I've posted on PhotoShop or Illustrator - and if you do a little browsing, you'll find that it is not uncommon. I can see why you have less than 2000 likes with almost 15,000 postings.

I am removing myself from the PhotoShop_family forum. I think I can live without the low-brow attitude.
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I asked Where are you copying and pasting to? From a browser to Photoshop? From one layer to another in Photoshop? From Illustrator to another? There was nothing snarky about my reply or questions. Sorry if you felt otherwise.
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I have same problem while trying to past from chrome browser, from print screen, from folder.. doesn't matter from where it just won't paste..
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Do you get an error? or nothing happens? What version of Photoshop? What version of Windows?
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CC 20.0.1.

Doesn't matter where I copy from: Acrobat, any number of browsers, screenshot. Photoshop recognizes that there is image data in the clipboard (if I create a new document, it recognizes the size of the image currently in the clipboard), but it won't let me actually paste from the clipboard.

This is a really significant problem.