Get rid of the Excel dialog "The Clipboard cannot be emptied. Another program might be using the Clipboard"
As has been extensively discussed in this thread in the Microsoft Community:
When using Excel a dialog appears stating that "The clipboard cannot be emptied" will sometimes appear. There is no way to disable this; no "Do Not Show This Again" option, no registry hack. Some people have found that they can mitigate it by closing some other programs; others have not.
The information supplied by the dialog is completely useless. It has never once stopped me from doing what I need to do EXCEPT FOR the need to stop to close this useless, irritating, pointless dialog. In some cases, with one add-in that I use (which draws data from an external source and into Excel), the dialog can become so pervasive that it cripples the functionality of the add-in.
If a person is registered with the Consumer Experience Program, they will see a "Was this information helpful?" dialog to which I always answer NO! and wish that I had the option of clicking "GET THIS ACCURSED THING OUT OF MY FACE FOREVER". However the presence of the question suggests that someone, somewhere in Microsoft KNOWS that the dialog is a waste of space, yet the product development team refuses to let us turn it off.
The dialog serves no purpose. The dialog obstructs our work. The dialog MUST GO.
Can we at least find out a way to identify what program is using clipboard? "just close everything" doesn't work.
Deron Braun commented
This is from my original post on the above-mentioned forum thread.
Error: “The Clipboard cannot be emptied. Another program might be using the Clipboard”
Culprit: Excel 2010/2013.
This is not the fault of Chrome, Bing, OneNote, etc...
It is not because the document is on the network, local, SkyDrive, USB, being eaten by gremlins.
It is not whether you drag the cell, copy and paste, make it into Origami animals.
The problem is Excel. Sure, one application or another may be using Clipboard but the common denominator is still Excel. Blame all the applications and forms of usage that bring about this error and still it is Excel.
So, can we please have a fix for this that fixes Excel and stop blaming everyone/thing else.
The culprit is Excel. If Excel has this problem then logic dictates that Excel is the culprit. You cannot blame every other program because they do not play well with Excel. They work fine with each other. Excel is the program with the issues.