4 Ultimate Ways to Fix the “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” Error on Mac

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Copy-Paste makes daily life work on the PC extremely easy and convenient by eliminating the hectic process of typing things word by word in order to make a copy of it. Besides copying the text, it would be nearly impossible to make a copy of some kind of file like an image or a video without the Copy and Paste facility on a PC.

All in all, it is a really frustrating experience to work on a computer where you can’t copy to paste the data. But what if I say that some Mac users experience this? Yes, this issue has been seen on some Apple Mac PCs where the PC says, “Sorry No Manipulations with Clipboard Allowed” whenever the users try to copy or paste something. This is definitely a serious issue and can make the PC a completely useless box for some users.

If you are also facing this issue on your Mac PC where you are not able to copy or paste something and getting an error message “Sorry No Manipulations with Clipboard Allowed” then bear with me and I will show you the ways to fix this issue on your Mac computer.

What is a Clipboard?

It is important to know about the Clipboard before you you go any further. This is because a Clipboard is the main part that helps in copying and pasting the items. A clipboard is basically a tiny amount of memory from your CPU that is used to store the information that you are copying or pasting on the PC.

The term ‘Clipboard‘ is not exclusive to just macOS but is the same for the majority of Operating systems including Windows and Android. It is temporary storage that holds the copy and paste data of any kind and size of the file. To be precise, the clipboard holds the information of the last copied data until the PC is turned off.

Why does it say ‘Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed’?

Even though the Clipboard is common to all the major Operating Systems, the ‘Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed‘ error can only be experienced on the Apple-made Mac computers. Also, this is not a very common issue that Mac users face eventually. This error actually experienced when you try to copy some content from the website using the web browser.

Mac displays the clipboard manipulation error message when you try to copy contents from a website that the Mac considers not to be safe to copy data from. This makes the user experience quite frustrating and makes it hard to share text like a serial key, links, etc. by copying it from a particular website.

How to Fix the ‘Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed’ Error

1. Restart the Mac

Restarting the Mac can easily fix this issue if it is related to some background process glitch related to the clipboard. Restarting the Mac will make the system run with a new and fresh OS environment with all the background processes refreshed as well. To restart the Mac:

Click on the Apple menu on the top left corner.

2. Click on the Restart… option.

3, Again click on Restart to confirm the selection.

2. Update the Mac

Updating the macOS can really help if you are running on some older version of the software. Running on the older version may emerge as such buggy issues. Also, there are possibilities that Apple might have solved the issue in the new update.

Hence you should consider updating your Mac.

1. Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner.

2. Select About This Mac.

3. Now, click on the Software Update… option under the Overview tab.

3. Download and install the update if there is any pending.

3. Force Quit Clipboard

Now that you have done the above two fixes to get rid of the ‘Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed’ error message it’s time to hit on Mac’s clipboard. Since the issue is accruing due to the Clipboard, force quitting the Clipboard background process can help.

You can force quit the Clipboard background process in two ways – Using the Activity Monitor and using the Terminal.

Using Activity Monitor

1. Open Finder from the dock.

2. Switch to the Applications sections from the left.

3. Go to Utilities and open the Activity Monitor.

4. Search for pboard process in the Activity Monitor.

5. Click on it and force quit by clicking on the cross on the top.

This will force quit the Clipboard background process. Now, try to use the copy and paste function where it was showing the error message and see if the issue is fixed.

Using Terminal

1. Open Finder from the dock.

2. Go to Applications > Utilities and open the Terminal app from there.

3. Now in the Terminal window, run the following command:

killall pboard

4. Force Quit the Windows Server

There is a background process called WindowServer and this background process is responsible for making up your macOS’s GUI like the Dock and the Menu Bar. There have been a couple of discussions on a number of community forums that force quitting the WindowServer background process have solved the issue.

Please Note that force-quitting the WindowServer will log you out of the Mac and will also close all the active windows. Hence it can cause the loss of unsaved data so be cautious while doing this and make sure to save all your work before proceeding further.

1. Open Finder from the dock on the desktop.

2. Go to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.

3. Search for WindowServer, click on it, and stop the process by clicking on the cross icon on the top.

As soon as you will stop the WindowServer, macOS will log you out of your PC and will also close all the windows and apps running. When you will log back into the Mac, the apps will reopen and the WindowServer process will automatically get started.

So, these were the possible ways to make your Mac free from the “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” error message. The error is associated with the clipboard of your Mac PC and hence it is obvious that the treatment will also be related to the clipboard and its background process.

Usually, a simple restart or force quitting of the pboard process (the clipboard’s background process) solves the issue but if it is not enough in your case you should make sure that your Mac is up to date and you can also try force quitting the WindowServer process as well.

If nothing works, then the only option is to contact Apple Support or visit your nearest Apple Store for the resolution.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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