Virtualbox Windows clipboard integration causes problems copying in Excel
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|Keywords:||clipboard excel problem windows host||Cc:|
|Guest type:||Linux||Host type:||Windows|
Host: Windows 10 1607 14393.447 (+ all available updates up to mid-November 2016) with Office 2016 (+ all available updates up to mid-November 2016; Excel version 16.0.7466.2038) VirtualBox: 5.1.8 r111374 Guest VM: Linux Mint
When, and only when, a guest VM is running (but even if the clipboard integration is disabled for that VM) then copying data in Excel 2016 on the host frequently gives the error "There's a problem with the clipboard, but you can still paste your content within this workbook."
How to reproduce: run Excel 2016 on the host, and start the guest VM. In Excel 2016 on the host, select a cell with some data, and repeatedly press CTRL+C - roughly 1 in 4 attempts will cause the above error - highly reproducible. With the VM shut down, CTRL+C on Excel on the host will never give this error.
Note that Excel has long been affected by applications that access/lock the clipboard. It seems that MS have recently tried to mitigate, and changed the message in Excel. I suspect it is possible older Excel versions may also be affected, but if so, the error will be slightly different: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_excel-mso_win10/clipboard-problem-in-excel-2016/224b2a59-8a0c-4897-baba-a481dd06e085?page=5