“Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed“.
There are occasions when some users get this error while working on their Macbook.
The macOS is one of the most advanced operating systems and the users are less likely to see systems errors. But, this is not always true, after all, it is a Machine.
This error stops you from performing the most basic task on your Mac; Copy & Paste! And I can imagine how frustrating it could be when you are not able to copy text, files, videos, audio from one location and paste it to another location you want on your Macbook.
It becomes even more frustrating when you’ve to complete the task quickly and “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” doesn’t let you complete it.
You’d think your life would have been much better if you had Windows PC instead of Macbook because this error occurs only on Macbook.
So if you are caught in this situation and want to fix the “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” error so that you could complete your copy & paste task easily, here are the workarounds that you can try to fix this error immediately.
I’ve shared different ways to fix this error and I’m sure one of these methods would definitely help you fix Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed on your Macbook.
What causes “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed”
Like I said before, macOS is one of the most advanced operating systems and we face system errors very rarely.
Though, there are some frequent errors that people encounter while working on their Macbook, and “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” is one such error.
This error is caused due to the operating system’s broken code or the corrupt system files. It can also happen because of malfunctioned third-party app that you’ve installed on your Mac.
The 3rd party app’s code conflicts with the system’s code that sometimes results in the occurrence of this error.
Keeping too many unnecessary files and software on your Mac or opening a lot of websites in different tabs at the same time also causes this error to occur.
So you should always do the check regularly and remove unnecessary files and software from the Mac. It will not only reduce chances of seeing such errors but also will make available more space for the installation of other important software and storing important data.
How to Fix “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” Error
I’ve worked on a few workarounds that helped me fix this issue for various people and I’ve discussed them below. You can also give them a try in case you are facing a “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” error.
You don’t have to be a tech person in order to try these methods. Just follow the instructions and I hope you are able to fix this error.
Restart Your Macbook
Most of the errors get fixed after restarting your Mac. It happens because if your Macbook is turned on for a very long time, a lot of processes & applications run in the background, and because of a clash in their codes, you may sometimes see the “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” error.
Restarting the Macbook will also reset the cache or the corrupt files that probably are causing this error. Upon restart, all the services and applications will restart as well and may correct this error.
1– Go to the top left corner and click the “Apple” icon.
2– Go to “Restart” and let the Mac get restarted.
3– Try to copy and paste text to check if the issue is fixed. If not, try another method.
Fix the error with Activity Monitor
If restarting your Mac doesn’t work, you can try this method to fix the “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” error.
This is yet another simplest fix that you can do on your own. You don’t need to have any technical knowledge. Just follow the simple steps and you’ll be able to fix this error quickly.
In this workaround, we will fix the error with the help of the Activity Monitor.
Here is what you have to do.
Close all the applications/files wherein you are facing copy & paste errors.
1– Open Activity Monitor. You can do that by going to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor. You can also open the Activity Monitor with the Spotlight option.
Go to the “Search Icon” at the top right corner & type “Activity Monitor“. The Activity Monitor will appear in the search results. Click the Activity Monitor to start the application.
2– Type “pboard” in the search box on the top right corner of the application.
3– You’ll see the process name “pboard” appears in the result. Double-click it.
4– It will open “pboard“
5– Click the “Quit” button. It will end the “pboard” process.
Restart the Mac and see if the error is fixed.
Fix the error with Terminal
If the above two fixes don’t work for you, try to resolve the “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” error with the help of Terminal.
This method requires a little bit of attention as you’ll have to type commands to achieve success. So be attentive and type exactly what I’ve asked to type.
Here is how to go about this workaround.
1– We need to open Terminal to type the command. You can open a Terminal by going to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
You can also start the Terminal with the Spotlight option as well. I prefer this method because we don’t have to go deep down the directories.
Go to the search icon at the top right corner and type “Terminal“. You’ll see the Terminal app appears in the search results.
Click to start the Terminal app.
Here is how it looks.
2– When the Terminal app starts, you’ll see a certain line of code is already written. Don’t delete anything & just start typing. Type “killall pboard” and hit enter!
3– Close the Terminal app and restart the Mac. It will resolve Copy & Paste issue.
Check for Updates
Keeping your Mac updated to the latest version fixes a lot of problems. Sometimes because of outdated versions, caches files, broken/corrupt code, you may encounter the “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed“.
Installing the latest updates (if available) will refresh the files and code and eventually help to fix this error. Here is how to do it.
1– Go to the “Apple” icon at the top left corner & click “About this Mac“.
2– It will pop up a small screen with OS version and other Macbook specifications. Go to “Software update” at the bottom.
3– Now click on “Update Now” and it will download the latest update and install it. The process may take some time, so do not interrupt it.
If you want your Mac to install the updates automatically, you can choose to tick the checkbox at the bottom before hitting the “Update Now” button. With this box checked, all future updates will be installed automatically.
4– After the update process is completed, restart your Mac and hopefully you will be able to fix the ‘Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” error.
How to Copy & Paste in Mac (Short cut with Keyboard & With Mouse)
There are two ways you can copy any text, file, video, audio on your Mac and paste it to wherever you want. One way is to copy & paste with the shortcut keys on your keyboard and the other one is using a mouse.
The keyboard method is pretty useful in case you don’t have a mouse. Also, if you know the shortcuts, you can quickly do the stuff without the help of a mouse.
Here is how to Copy & Paste with Keys on Keyboard.
1– Select the Text/File you want to copy.
2– Press “Command + “C“. It will copy the file/text.
3– Go to the place where you want to paste the text/file and press “Command” + “V“. That’s all!
Here is how to Copy and Paste with Mouse.
1– Select the text/file you want to copy.
2– Right-click the selected file/text, and from the drop-down menu select “Copy“
3– Go to the location you want to paste the file/text, Right-click wherever you want to paste the file/text, and select “Paste“
I love shortcuts, hence always prefer to copy and paste with the keyboard.
Macbook uses the world’s most powerful operating system and very often we see such errors. But at the same time, it is a set of codes compiled in various files that sometimes get corrupted or deleted that causes the errors, and the “Sorry, No Manipulations With Clipboard Allowed” is one such error.
However, you shouldn’t be much worried about these small errors as they can be easily fixed. I recommend restarting the Mac whenever you see any error, not just the one we have discussed in this article. It refreshes all the processes and applications which are either clashed or have got corrupted.
I also recommend updating your Mac to the latest version, it automatically corrects the corrupt files and fixes errors like this. Updating to the latest version is good from a security point of view.
So you can either tick the checkbox for Automatically installation of updates or regularly check for the updates.