How to fix “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed”

Most of the days, our computers work like a charm, right? But then it comes a day when some annoying error message pops up, and you can’t finish what you started. And one of the most irritating ones when it comes to Macs is “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed”.

What does it mean? When this error pops up, it means that you can’t use one of the most useful things on your Mac, and that is copy/paste. We copy and paste all kinds of files every single day. From text files to videos, images, just to name a few. Most Mac users faced this issue at some point, and here, in this article, we are going to share a few simple tips that will help you get rid of it. So, keep reading.

See also: How to uninstall apps on Mac OS X

Reasons behind “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed” error message

When any kind of error message shows up on your Mac, some of the most common reasons why it is happening in the first place are either corrupted files, the fact that your OS has a broken code or one of the third-party apps that is misbehaving. In some cases, some bug in the system can cause the error to pop up.

How to fix the error

You will find a few simple ways that will help you get rid of the error so that you can continue using copy/paste the usual way. Without further ado, let’s see how to fix “Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed”.

Restart your computer

When you notice an error on your Mac, including this one, or when your computer behaves in a strange way, the best way to approach the issue is by restarting the computer. Sometimes, it could be just a small bug that will be gone right after your restart your machine. In order to do that, click on the Apple icon located in the top-right corner, and when the drop-down menu shows up, click on Restart.

How to fix "Sorry, no manipulations with clipboard allowed"

Use Activity Monitor

If the previous solution didn’t fix the issue, it is time to use Activity Monitor. Follow the steps below:

  • Go to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor
  • Click on the Search box
  • Type pboard
  • You’ll see pboard under Process Name
  • Double click on it
  • Click Quit.

Once you are done with this, close the Activity Monitor and then try using copy/paste.


Use Terminal

You can use Terminal to fix the issue. Here is what you need to do:

  • Go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal
  • Now type killall pboard
  • Press Enter
  • Finally, exit the Terminal.



The next step is to check for updates. You know that all kinds of issues can be fixed with the latest updates. Here is how you can update your Mac:

  • Click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of the screen
  • Next, click on “About this Mac”
  • Now click “Software update”
  • If the update is available, you will see an option “Upgrade Now”. Click on it.


Hopefully, one of the tips we have shared here will help you fix the issue so that you can use copy/paste again!