For most Mac users, the copy-paste process is a most common part of our daily computer experience. Even if you have not faced this problem, can you imagine how unpleasant it is when you can’t copy and paste, or the clipboard hangs?

Why Can’t I Copy and Paste on my Mac?

Do not worry, this problem can be easily and quickly solved. The tips below apply to all versions of macOS and OS X. You will need to force close the clipboard daemon (process) so that it restarts. This should solve all problems, including the establishment of the copy-paste function. We will talk about method – through Activity Monitor app.

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Fix Copy-Paste not Working on Mac

Process completion through system monitoring and force quitting keyboard process, just follow the instructions below: 

  • Open the Activity Monitor;
  • Findpboard” process in a list;
  • Click on the “pboard” process, and then click close X icon in the top menu;
  • After that, select “Force Force Finish”;
  • Now try using the copy-paste command in any text editor. It should work properly.


If the function still does not work, try copying something, not with a keyboard shortcut, but through the menu. If this method works, then the problem is not in the clipboard, but in the keyboard. Perhaps some other program conflicts with standard keyboard shortcuts.

You can also restart your Mac. Often this solves such problems. Sometimes the clipboard just stops responding and requires a device reboot.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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