How to Copy & Paste in Virtual PC

Written by jason artman
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While working with a virtual machine in Microsoft's Virtual PC application, you may have noticed that the clipboard does not work as you might expect for copying and pasting text. If you copy text from the host computer and attempt to paste it into the Virtual PC window by pressing "Ctrl" and "V" or by using the right-click context menu, either nothing happens or the contents of the virtual PC's clipboard appear. But you can copy text from the host computer into a virtual PC using a menu option in the Virtual PC program.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click and drag with the mouse pointer to highlight the text that you want to copy from the host operating system.

  2. 2

    Right-click the text that you highlighted and click "Copy." Alternatively, press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys on the keyboard simultaneously.

  3. 3

    Click inside the Virtual PC window to make it active, then click inside the application that you want to paste the text into, such as Notepad or an e-mail program.

  4. 4

    Click the "Edit" pull-down menu at the top of the Virtual PC window, then click "Paste." Alternatively, press the right "Alt" and "V" keys on the keyboard simultaneously. The copied text appears inside the Virtual PC window.

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