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Konstantinos Tsoukalas

Konstantinos is the founder and administrator of Since 1995 he works and provides IT support as a computer and network expert to individuals and large companies. He is specialized in solving problems related to Windows or other Microsoft products (Windows Server, Office, Microsoft 365, etc.).


  1. Steve Divnick
    January 1, 2019 @ 10:09 pm

    I use Virtual Box for XP versions of Photo Impact and Dreamweaver. The bidirectional copy and paste function works perfectly with Photo Impact, but not with Dreamweaver. I've tried all the steps several times, but it just doesn't work with that program.

    Does anyone have any ideas for a solution?



  2. Shrilesh Naik
    February 28, 2018 @ 11:19 am

    Thanks a lot, i was struggling to make this work…untill i followed ur steps.


  3. Sony Anggara
    June 12, 2017 @ 3:56 am

    perfectly works. Thanks


  4. Mitsuko Milfeld
    May 20, 2017 @ 10:43 am

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  5. Sebastian
    January 18, 2017 @ 2:40 pm

    To anyone still having this problem , make sure you open the guest with normal start and not detachable… you will still be able to resize/change resolution and enable floating.

    Fixed all my problems regarding drag/drop and pasting of text.

    Hope this helps someone


  6. Jan
    November 7, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

    Great tutorial, couldn't find it anywhere on the vbox forum. This solution worked for me.


  7. Jaswant
    October 4, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

    its working for me. thanks for your solution.


  8. IAN
    June 10, 2016 @ 7:53 am

    I am able to copy and past text (bi-directionally), but I cannot copy and past files at all!
    I can, however, drag and drop files in both directions.


    • lakonst
      June 10, 2016 @ 9:04 am

      @IAN: As I know, you cannot copy/paste files between Host and Guest machine. The best way to do that, is to use the Shared Folders feature, or the Drag & Drop option, as you already did.


  9. DONG
    June 7, 2016 @ 11:10 am

    Great! thank you!


  10. Mehmet
    April 2, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

    Thanks for this useful tip. You've saved my time.


  11. Johan
    March 31, 2016 @ 8:56 am



  12. Vlad
    March 24, 2016 @ 4:24 pm


    Please disregard my previous message, I managed to install the libraries needed by the VBoxClient and managed to execute the command but for some reason I am still unable to copy from my host which is Windows 10 and paste into the Guest OS which is Debian

    Please advise



    • lakonst
      March 24, 2016 @ 8:05 pm

      @Vlad: I'm sorry, but I haven't tested this under Unix-based systems.


  13. Jeff
    March 22, 2016 @ 2:12 pm

    Worked perfect for me. Thanks


  14. Wan
    March 12, 2016 @ 2:21 pm

    This did not work for me. I've noticed this bug for years on many different VirtualBox versions, with guests ranging from Windows XP Pro to Windows 7 Pro. It's BS that Oracle won't and can't fix this.


  15. john doe
    March 10, 2016 @ 7:13 pm

    this worked for me using a Win7 guest, thanks!!


  16. Carlos
    February 11, 2016 @ 3:25 pm

    Thanks, it works!


  17. Amirul
    November 7, 2015 @ 7:35 pm

    Thank you very much for your article. This is help me so much :D


  18. Dave
    November 1, 2015 @ 6:55 pm

    Thank you so much! That fixed the issue!


  19. JoeNobody
    October 16, 2015 @ 12:43 am

    Thank you. Just…Thank you. Well documented steps, the ability to not only cut n paste out of of the VM, but this enabled FULL SCREEN on my VM! You rock!


  20. Sergio
    October 8, 2015 @ 7:25 pm

    It works!!!! Years of suffering has come to an end!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol


  21. Marcelo
    September 24, 2015 @ 3:21 pm

    It worked! Thanks!


  22. Erick
    September 5, 2015 @ 7:48 am

    Thanks a lot! It was very helpful


  23. AB
    February 11, 2015 @ 1:10 pm

    .. That should be a /usr/bin/VBoxClient clipboard

    My last update seemed to make it look like a single hyphen/minus, it's a double hyphen/minus.



  24. AB
    February 11, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

    I found that for a linux guest on a windows host – just stop and restart the '/usr/bin/VBoxClient –clipboard' daemon/service and cut and paste behaviour will be restored.

    So kill the application in the linux guest using 'kill

    Next just restart it using the same command:

    /usr/bin/VBoxClient –clipboard




  25. Javier
    February 4, 2015 @ 11:35 am

    Thanks!. It worked for me!!


  26. Varsha
    January 6, 2015 @ 11:15 am

    Thank you very much


  27. bgroper
    December 4, 2014 @ 2:34 am

    Restarted vboxtray. Bidirectional selected.
    Still not working.
    Clipboard works from Guest to Host, BUT NOT Host to Guest.
    Most Irritating.


    • lakonst
      December 4, 2014 @ 10:15 am

      Is VBoxTray.exe running at Windows Startup? (C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox Guest Additions\VBoxTray.exe)


  28. George Flourentzos
    November 28, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    Any idea how to do this when using a Linux (Ubuntu) VM?


  29. humair
    November 27, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    still not working restarted the virtual machine but invane


  30. 1111
    June 16, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

    Restarting vboxtray fixed the issue, thanks.


    • Jashan
      August 13, 2016 @ 1:27 pm

      THANKS WORked Perfectly :)


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