Copy and paste problem when using Yammer in Internet Explorer

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If you try to paste from the clipboard into Yammer when using Yammer from Internet Explorer, and the content doesn't paste, you need to adjust a setting in Internet Explorer. In a recent update, a change designed to allow more options for posting content requires programmatic clipboard access in order to paste content into Yammer. If programmatic clipboard access is disabled, pasting doesn't work.

This problem only occurs if you or your IT administrator has disabled programmatic clipboard access for the internet zone that Yammer is in. To fix the problem, programmatic clipboard access needs to be enabled for the zone that Yammer is in. There are two ways to do this:

  • If you as an end user have access to your own Internet Explorer security settings, you can modify the settings for the zone Yammer is in.

  • If your IT department has created a group policy that prevents users from accessing their own Internet Explorer security settings, you'll need to ask your IT department for help. The typical solution is for the IT administrator to change the group policy to move to the Trusted Sites list, and make sure programmatic clipboard access is enabled in that zone.

If you have access to your own Internet Explorer security settings, here's how to change the settings so that pasting into Yammer works.

  1. In Internet Explorer, go to Settings > Internet options, and then click the Security tab.

  2. Notice the highlighted zone. This is the zone that is used for Yammer. Click Custom level.

    Security tab of Internet Explorer options, showing the Custom level button
  3. Scroll down to the Scripting section, near the bottom of the list.

  4. In the Allow Programmatic clipboard access section, select Enable.

    Custom level settings, showing Allow Programmatic clipboard access
  5. Click OK.

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