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How to fix “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed” on Mac

Sometimes while copying and pasting text, images, or files, Mac users may face an error occurred which says that “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed”. There is nothing scary in this message, as it’s easy to overcome this problem.

How to solve the problem

The Mac a good device provided with many different features and options. It can be used as a primary computer, or as a secondary device to complete another Windows PC. MacBooks is a perfect choice for graphics design and other high-end tasks that demand more capacity than the average laptop gives.

Of course, there are some disadvantages in Mac as in any other device. For example, you may face some problems in software compatibility issues with certain programs (even if they’re supposed to work on macOS). In this case, you will see the “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed” error.

What does “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed” mean

When you copy text or files on Mac, they’re saved into a virtual clipboard. Macs have transient storage space for all that have been copied and until the device is powered off, that data will be kept there. If an error message pops up saying “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed,” it means that it’s impossible to access or write on your Mac’s clipboard.

How to solve “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed” on Mac

There are several methods to solve this issue:

Reboot your system

If you want to reboot your system, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  1. First of all, you should head to your desktop, and then you should tap on the Apple icon which may be found in the top-left corner of the screen. After doing this, you will see the main menu displayed.
  2. After that, you should tap on the Restart option from the context menu.
  3. To complete the process, you should wait a couple of minutes till your system would be rebooted. Then, you can check whether it’s possible to use the copy and paste functions to check if the “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed” error would be displayed again.

Restart ‘pboard’ server with the Activity Monitor

If you want to restart the “pboard” server with the Activity Monitor, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should tap on the Launchpad in your Dock.
  • After that, you should use the search bar in order to find for the Activity Monitor app. Then, you should open it by tapping on it.
  • Then, you should find “pboard” using the search field. After that, you should do a double-click on the process from the results.
  • Next, you should tap on the Quit button in the new window would be displayed on the screen.
  • To complete the process, you should press on the Force Quit button when you will be asked by the system to do that. By doing this, the process would be fully quited and you should make sure that it doesn’t interfere with your clipboard.

Reset ‘pboard’ server via Terminal

If you want to reset “pboard” server via Terminal, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should tap on the Launchpad in your Dock. Then, you should find the Terminal app via the search bar.
  • After the Terminal app would be displayed, you should fill in the following command and then, you should tap on the Enter key to activate it: sudo killall board
  • To complete the process, you should fill in your Mac’s password, and then, you should tap on the Enter key again. After the process have been completed, you should try using copy and paste again.

Force Quit the WindowServer process

If you want to force quit the WindowServer process, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should head to Launchpad, then, you should go to Activity Monitor. After that, you should find WindowServer. To do that, you should use the search input field. After that, you should do a double-click on the process.
  • To complete the process, you should tap on Quit and then head to Force Quit.

Update macOS

If you want to update macOS, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  1. First of all, you should head to your desktop, and thenyou should tap on the Apple icon which may be found in the top-left corner of the screen. After you have done that, you will see the main menu displayed.
  2. After that, you should tap on the System Preferences option which you can find in the context menu.
  3. Then, you should tap on the Software Update button. You can also search “Update” using the search input in the upper right corner of the window.
  4. next, you should wait for a several seconds till your device will detect is there any available software updates. If your system isn’t updated, you should tap on the Update Now button to begin the update process.
  5. To complete thr process, after the update procedure would be finished, you should check if you can use the copy-paste function without the error coming up.

Scan your Mac for malware

Surely, Mac is considered to have the least possibility to get affected with a virus, but sometimes it may happen. This may occur after downloading files or altering any of your security settings to allow third-party apps.

Malwarebytes for Mac is a good choice to easily locate any harmful files, scripts, or malware on your computer. If you want to have a more full-featured antivirus experience that will block all threats before they even reach your Mac, it’s better to buy ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac.

As you can see, there is nothing threatening in this problem, the main thing is to use the methods above to fix it.

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