Some possible ways to deal with the warnings are:
1. Compromise (just ignore them). You could also try to use a resident scripting tool for closing the warning window automatically when it pops up.
2. Find another set of programs to work with (i.e. replace the ADOBE reader with an alternative)
3. Use a simple editing tool for temporary pasting, while MS-bread products are all kept closed, then open the ones you need and copy-paste to the right place.
Ignoring the flame war that burst out, I have to say:
- Lots and lots of us get this error message, judging from a quick search of the forum.
- The suggestions to quit using Adobe Reader or do some obscure Windows kludge are not really helpful.
- This really is something the developers ought to attend to -- ought to have attended to many months ago, in fact.
For those of us who suffer from this problem, in my experience the only thing to do is click OK on the error message, and try the paste anyway. I always find that, in fact, the copying to the clipboard has been done successfully. I use a clipboard manager called ClipCache, and it always shows me that the text has been copied.
This error message seems sort of like announcing to someone with whom you're having a conversation that there's a ringing in your ears. It matters to you, but not really to them, so why announce it? The error message is a waste of the user's time but not a sign that anything is really wrong for the user. Perhaps that's why it seems like a waste of the developer's time to fix it; but companies that consider their time more important than their users' time are going to lose users.
I've had this problem for years, and couldn't find the answer either (but recall finding this post before). I think I found the answer in another post:
Looks like if you disable the Skype add-ons in your browser the problem will go away. At least it did for me.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for this. Unfortunately, this specific fix won't do the job in my situation. My main browser is Opera (http://www.opera.com/), and I don't have any extensions installed in it. However, I do have IE open sometimes (although I already have the Skype extension disabled in it), and I'll now start watching to see if that is a factor in this annoying error message.
in windows 7
start-control panel-uninstall programs
uninstall the "Skype Click to Call", this will uninstall addins from ie, firefox, you dont have to uninstall skype.
in ie and firefox you can disable addons but can not uninstall them using ie or firefox interface, when you uninstall Skype Click to Call, it will remove it from all added browsers.
This works me now.
Unfortunately skype trick does not work.
I recently switched to windows 8 and reliazed that there is no copy error any more.
This error maybe caused by Babylon dictionary which has an Adobe Acrobat or Reader addon which captures the text from pdf documnet when ctrl+right mouse click. This feature is enabled when it is copied to" C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\plug_ins " or "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\plug_ins " directory, so if it is copied such copying error appeared, if not copied it does not appear. Baylon dictionary addin is installed when you install babylon dictionary software, and it is here " C:\Program Files (x86)\Babylon\Babylon-Pro\Utils ", its name is " BabylonRPI.api "
My experience is that Babylon Dictionary was causing this error. With babylon version 10 acrobat does not give that kind of error anymore, on windows 7 x64, but previous version leftover files may cause this error again even if you remove previous versions and install version 10. With a clean install of windows 7 x64 with babylon dictionary version 10 there is no error anymore.Uninstalling previous versions of Babylon using third party uninstalling software like Revo or Uninstall Tool may help without reinstalling Windows.
This problems has been going on for 3 years now ? Ive finally got annoyed enough by this bug to search for a fix. Ive updated to the newest version several time (including today), did not have skype click to call (or any skype) installed. I also don't have any directory called babylon in the programs files directories. I dont want to do a clean install of Win 7 just to reinstalled reader or update to Win 8 to solve this bug. Was hoping for an easy fix.
Dear Adobe Developers,
This issue has been going on for 3 years.
I have just received this error for the 1,000th time.
You have just achieved something which is extraordinary: you've goaded a normally mild natured user into extreme anger.
Thus, I'm accusing the entire Adobe development team for Adobe Reader of being a brain dead bunch of morons. And don't claim you don't deserve this label, because you do.
A Normally Mild Mannered User
p.s. Look at the number of views for this thread. Its more than 74,000. Fix the damn problem!!
I'm having the same problem with Acrobat Reader X 10.1.4. I'm not using anything related to Skype, not even Internet Explorer, so this should not be the problem.
However, I'd like to inform you about something I think could be relevant for developpers: I'm experiencing a similar problem with Microsoft Office 2010, at least with MS Excel. This is, when I cut-paste or copy-paste cells, if I do it by dragging the cells, I often get the message "Couldn't empty the clipboard. Another program could be using the clipboard" (or something like that, free translation from Spanish), a very similar message to Adobe Reader's. However, if I cut-paste or copy paste using the menu or throughout the Ctrl key, there is no message. In both cases, the cells are perfectly cut/copied and pasted, just like the message in Adobe Reader doesn't avoid the copy to be done.
The interesting thing is that Office has a clipboard manager, and when I drag the cells and get the "Couldn't empty clipboard" message, I can see that the clipboard is actually empty.
I know this is an Adobe forum and MS Office problems are probably irrelevant to you, but my goal is to provide you some information for solving this Reader problem, which is surprisingly not solved yet.
Thanks for your help
I am sad to report this happens in version 9.5 too.
Maybe it has to do with 3rd party programs that monitor your clipboard
so you can get special copy and paste functions. Like I have something called PureText+ that strips
the formatting from any text you copy & paste. Others have mentioned Skype click-to-call and the Babylon plugin.
I shouldn't have to uninstall anything. All other programs copy and paste fine.
The text still pastes so really there wasn't an error. The "internal error" dialogue box
is completely useless. It's a false alarm.
I've never heard of anyone legitimately getting the error (where their text failed to copy)
So why not just ditch the error entirely, Adobe?
Can someone make a plugin or script that OK's the dialogue box or suppresses it?
As it's taken me so long to work out how to fix this, I thought I would share the solution with others in case they're having the same problem.
In Adobe Reader, go into Edit > Preferences.
Click into the Security (Enhanced) tab on the left and untick "Enable Protected Mode at startup", then OK and close & re-open Adobe Reader.
Ctrl+C now works first time every time for me.
I managed to live with this annoying problem for several years now, once in a while I searched for a solution but always without success. I just upgraded to Adobe 11, hoping the problem finally was handled by Adobe, but alas. Almost every copy command results in that stupid message box, while the content was in fact copied to the clipboard.
It seems like Paul finally helped me to get rid of it. Disabling that protected mode seemed to have solved it instantly.
So, thank you big time, Paul!
I was happy to see paulh solution to getting rid of this annoying *feature*, but alas it does not solve the problem for me. I may not see it as often, but the problem still persist. I am using Reader XI v11.0.07. You think someone at Adobe would have enough brains to fix this problem by now after all these years.
I only signed up to say that 6 years in the problem still exists. Way to go guys! I have Adobe Reader XI (most recent version, i.e., 11.0.11) unter Win7x64. None of the fixes suggested here helped:
- I do not have Skype Click2Call installed.
- There is no Babylon plugin or whatever on my computer.
- I cannot untick "Enable Protected Mode at startup", in fact this box is unticked for me and it is disabled (gray) so I couldn't tick it either.
It is beyond my understanding how such a bug can persist so many versions and it is never taken care of. Especially given the fact that the message could simply be deactivated since the copy-paste does work despite the annoying box. Also, this does not happen in Adobe Professional. Is the strategy here to annoy people in order to switch to Pro?
Interesting to see that this error is more than 6 years old!
I recently stumbled upon this error myself and don't have a solution in that I know how to prevent the error from occuring, but I use an Autohotkey script that closes a couple of other irritating dialog screens e.g in Lotus Notes and SAP and have added this dialog screen to my list, so it automaticly closes the obnoxious dialog screen with the error. I don't suppose you are interested in the entire script as it is quite specific to my needs, so I have made a very simple program that you can run, will sit in your System Tray and will watch for the Dialog Box and closes it down immediately. You can download it from my website free of charge, together with the source code.: http://www.zwagers.eu/henkjan/Software/HJMSoftware.htm (PS: to end the program from running just press CTRL-Pause/Break).
Good luck and best regards.
Had this issue for about a month now.. just showed up out of nowhere and pretty much happens on all of my copies from a .pdf now.
It kind of worked, but it eventually came back.
I just uninstalled and re-installed Acrobat .. for some reaosn my Acrobat installation was over 10GB... after re-installing it's back at 2.16 (pro version) which is where it should be.
So far I'm not getting the error anymore.