How to Fix Oracle VM VirtualBox Copy-Paste functions (Clipboard) in Windows (Solved)

I use Oracle’s VM Virtual Box several years now to test Operating Systems or applications in a virtual environment. And of course I often use the copy-paste functions between the Host and the Guest machine. So I always install the Guest Additions to the Guest Operating System in order to be able to use all features. But I recently noticed that the copy-paste function doesn’t work in either directions (Host to Guest, Guest to Host or Bidirectional).  After some research, I finally found the solution that worked for me. If you cannot use Copy-Paste in Oracle VM Vistual Box then follow the guide below to solve your problem.

How to solve copy/paste (clipboard) errors in Oracle VM Virtual Box.

Before you continue to the solution below, make sure that:

1. You have installed Guest Additions to the Windows Guest OS. Otherwise from VisrtualBox's main menu: go to "Devices" and click "Install Guest Additions CD Image". Then open Windows explorer and explore "CD Drive X:\Virtualbox Guest Additions CD" and double-click to run "VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe". (Follow the instructions to install Guest Additions). *

* Note: In some cases the problem is solved after re-installing Guest Additions.

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2. You have enabled the “Shared Clipboard” > “Bidirectional” option from “Devices” menu.

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How to fix Copy/Paste function – Clipboard feature – in VirtualBox Windows Guest.

1. In Virtual Box Guest machine, press the “Host key”* + ”Del” key to open Task Manager OR go to Windows Guest “Machine” menu and select “Insert  Ctrl+Alt+Del”.

Host key”: By default is the right CTRL key on your keyboard.

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2. In “Processes” tab, select the “VBoxTray.exe” and press “End Process”.*

* Note: If “VBoxTray.exe” is not running (not listed) continue to the next step.

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3. Now click the “Applications” tab and select “New Task”.

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4. Press the “Browse” button and navigate to the following folder on your disk:

  • C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox Guest Additions\

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5. Choose the “VBoxTray” application and press “Open”.

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6. Close Task Manager, and try the Copy-Paste functions. The Bidirectional Clipboard feature should be working now!

To make this change permanent:

1. Navigate to “C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox Guest Additions” folder and “Create a Shortcut” of the “VBoxTray.exe” application.

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1a. Answer “Yes” to place the created shortcut on your desktop.

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2. Close all Windows Explorer windows.

3. Go to “Startimage and choose “All Programs”.

4. Right-click at the “Startup” folder and select “Open” from the drop-down menu.*

*Note: If you want to make this change for all users on the guest computer, select “Open all users”.

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5. Now drag and drop  the “VBoxTray” shortcut from your desktop to the open window.

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5a. Press “Continue” to the warning message.

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6. Restart your computer and you ‘re done!

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