Cutting and pasting to and from remote sessions

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Cutting and pasting to and from remote sessions

Many Remote Desktop and Terminal Server connections provide clipboard sharing, allowing you to cut and paste from programs running in your Remote Desktop session to programs running on your local computer.

When you cut or copy information from a program, it is moved to the Clipboard and remains there until you clear the Clipboard or until you cut or copy another piece of information. The Clipboard window in ClipBook Viewer (Clipbrd.exe) shows the contents of the Clipboard. You can paste the information from the Clipboard into any document as often as you like. However, the information is only stored on the Clipboard temporarily.

The shared clipboard synchronizes its contents with the local clipboard. You can copy and paste text or graphics from a document within the Remote Desktop Connection window, and paste it into a document on your local computer. For information about copying, pasting, and using local files and folders in a Remote Desktop session, see Accessing local files and folders in a remote session.


  • Depending on the policies of your network and the version of Windows that is running on the remote computer, clipboard sharing might not work in some instances.