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Ctrl V not working

A lot of users encounter the Ctrl V not working issue when pasting a file to another location. It is annoying that you can’t copy and paste by using the hot keys. Don’t worry. This post of MiniTool explores several effective troubleshooting methods for you.

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Fix 1. Restart Your Computer

When Ctrl V or Ctrl V not working, the first and easiest method is to perform a restart of your computer. It has been proven by lots of users to be helpful. To restart your computer, you can click on the Windows menu on the screen and then click on the Power icon and select Restart from the context menu.

restart your computer

Now, see if the Control C not working issue is fixed. If the restart fails to work, just move on to the following methods.

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Fix 2. Enable the Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V Function in Windows 10

In some cases, the Ctrl V not working issue happens when the Ctrl key shortcuts are disabled. To fix the issue, you need to enable the Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V shortcuts. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1. Press Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box, and then type cmd in the box and hit Enter.

open the run dialog box

Step 2. Inside the elevated command prompt window, right-click the title bar and select Properties from the context menu.

select Properties from Command Prompt window

Step 3. In the pop-up window, tick the checkbox next to Enable Ctrl key shortcuts under the Options tab and click on OK to save changes.

Tip: You may tick the checkbox next to Enable new Ctrl key shortcuts and Enable experimental console features under the Experimental tab, which depends on your Windows 10 version.

enable ctrl key shortcuts

Now, you can copy and paste files using the hotkeys to check if the Ctrl C not working issue still persists.

Fix 3. Update Your Keyboard Driver

In addition, Ctrl V not working Windows 10 can be caused by outdated or wrong keyboard drivers. So, you can try updating the keyboard driver to see if the issue can be fixed. Here’s a quick guide for you.

Step 1. Press Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box, and then type devmgmt.msc in the box and hit Enter.

Step 2. Expand the Keyboards category, and then right-click the device driver and select Update Driver.

update keyboard driver

Step 3. Click on Search automatically for updated driver software option to update the keyboard driver. Then it will detect and install the latest device driver automatically. Please follow the on-screen prompts to complete the update.

Search automatically for updated driver software

Once the update completes, restart your computer and see if the Control V not working issue still persists.

Fix 4. Alternative Way to Copy and Paste

If all the above methods can’t fix Ctrl C and Ctrl V not working, you may have to choose an alternative way. To do so, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open the Command Prompt through the above method, and then click on the Alt + Space keys to open the window menu.

Step 2. Press the E key to select the Edit option.

Step 3. Press the P key to select the Paste option, which will trigger the menus and paste into the console.

paste via command prompt

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