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) problems 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.
2. You have enabled the “Shared Clipboard” > “Bidirectional” option from “Devices” menu.
How to Fix Copy-Paste Not Working in VirtualBox Windows Guest.
1. In Virtual Box Guest machine, press the Host + Del keys to open Task Manager, OR go to Windows Guest “Machine” menu and select “Insert Ctrl+Alt+Del”.
* Note: The “Host key” is by default the right CTRL key on your keyboard.
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.
3. Now click the Applications tab and select New Task (or from the File menu select Run New Task).
4. Press the Browse button and navigate to the following folder on your disk:
- C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox Guest Additions\
5. Choose the “VBoxTray” application and press Open.
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.
1a. Answer “Yes” to place the created shortcut on your desktop.
2. In File Explorer Address bar, copy-paste the following address to navigate to the Startup Folder (for all users). *
- C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
* Note: If you want to make the change only for the current user, navigate to this path:
- C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
3. Now drag and drop the “VBoxTray” shortcut from your desktop to the open window.
4. Press “Continue” to the warning message.
5. Restart your computer and you ‘re done!
Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.
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