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It is possible to prevent the Clipboard toolbar from automatically appearing when you use multiple Copy commands in any Microsoft Office program. This article explains how to do this by modifying the Windows Registry.
NOTE: You cannot disable (or enable) the Office Clipboard for only a single Office program by modifying the registry.
About the Office Clipboard
When you copy multiple items in any of the Microsoft Office programs, the Office Clipboard appears, allowing you to collect and paste multiple items stored in the toolbar. For example, you can copy a chart in Microsoft Excel, switch to Microsoft Word, copy text, and then switch to Microsoft PowerPoint and paste all of the collected (cut or copied) items from the Office Clipboard.
You can manually show the Clipboard toolbar by pointing to Toolbars on the View menu and clicking Clipboard.
The Office Clipboard automatically appears and collects items when you do any of the following:
You cut or copy two different items consecutively in the same Office program.
You copy one item, paste the item, and then copy another item in the same Office program.
You copy the same item twice in succession.
Disabling the Office Clipboard
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
When you add the following registry entry, it prevents the Office Clipboard from automatically appearing when you perform multiple Copy commands in any of the Office programs. To add the AcbControl registry entry, follow these steps:
Quit any programs that are running.
Click Start, and then click Run. Type regedit and click OK.
In the Registry Editor, click to select the following subkey (folder):
For more information about the Office Clipboard in Excel, click Microsoft Excel Help on the Help menu, type About collecting and pasting multiple items in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.
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