Photoshop Won't Copy Text to the Clipboard

Quick tip for those frustrated that they can't copy and paste text from Photoshop into another program.

 I spent a little while googling for a reason why I couldn't copy text from Photoshop CS5 and then paste it into another program (Visual Studio in my case).

The behavior was new since CS5 - I've been copying text out of Photoshop for as long as I can remember. It's part of my routine as a web developer.

I finally gave up on the "try reinstalling or restarting" useless bleating and looked in the Photoshop preferences for something that appeared related.

Turns out there's a checkbox in the General section that says "Export Clipboard," and surprise, mine wasn't checked. Upon checking the box, I finally got the behavior I expected.

Hope this saves you some time...


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Thank you very much for this.
3/2/2013 7:14:26 PM
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Stephanie F
Thank you!! Saved me so much frustration. Nothing is worse than when i can't figure out why my clipboard isn't working.
7/30/2013 10:51:04 AM
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Whew, dude! Thanks a lot for this... May you have an awesome 2014!
12/6/2013 5:53:33 PM
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Mine is checked already but i cant seem to copy or cut then paste it to word
12/15/2013 1:50:09 PM
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Rui Silva
What if the checkbox is already on?
Any ideas?
I'm using Photoshop CS4 portable version, I have never been able to copy text from Photoshop ever :(
2/5/2014 6:11:02 PM
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thank you soooooooo much!!
finally i've solved this problem!!
thanks a lot!!
4/24/2014 5:04:29 AM
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