How to Fix “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” Error - Windows Basics


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

How to Fix “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” Error

Have you encountered the "Your Organization's Data Cannot Be Pasted Here" error when copying data on Office applications? It means you are not allowed to copy data into the application you are trying to copy into, but why?

Mainly, the error occurs when your organization restricts data copying through Microsoft Intune for security reasons. However, the error can also be caused by using an outdated application, copying more data than the specified limit, or having problems with the source or destination files. Here are some fixes you can try if you have the same problem.

1. Make sure Copy - Paste feature is not blocked in Microsoft Intune

Administrators can configure a Microsoft Intune policy to prevent users from copying and pasting data between applications, to prevent data from being shared outside the company. If your organization blocks the Copy - Paste feature, you may encounter this error when trying to move data. To work around this issue, you need to unblock the Copy - Paste feature in your Intune policy.

Without admin access to the Microsoft Intune console, you won't be able to configure the policy yourself. You will need to ask the administrator to do it for you. If you are an admin, here's what you have to do:

1. Sign in and open the Microsoft Intune console.

2. In the left sidebar, click Client apps.

3. Navigate to App protection policies in the left sidebar of the Client apps

4. Go to your existing policy settings.

5. Go to the Data Transfer section.

6. Make sure that Restrict cut, copy, and paste between other apps is not blocked.

Once the policy is unblocked, you should be able to copy and paste data between apps without any problems. If this step does not resolve the issue, further fixes may help.

2. Make sure the file is editable

When you download files from the Internet or receive them via email, most Office applications open them in Protected View to prevent your computer from getting a virus. To get out of Protected View, you need to enable editing, and if you want to copy and paste data from one application to another, the file you are pasting data into must be editable.

Therefore, make sure that the file is not opened in Protected View before copying data. If it's not editable, click Enable Editing, paste the data and you won't get the error anymore. You can also permanently disable read-only mode if you want.

However, if the file is editable and you still get the error, move on to the next step.

3. Check for file-specific issues

Assuming the file is editable, make sure the error doesn't affect just one file. You can rule out this possibility by creating a new document and pasting the copied data into it. If it is successfully pasted, the problem may be with the specific file.

To combat this, you can move the data from your old file to the new file you created, and then paste the copied organization data afterwards. However, if the problem persists on newly created files, move on to the next fix.

4. Check if you have pasted the data in the empty file

You may need to fill out the document before you paste the data, if you get an error when you paste it into an empty file. Although less likely, this solution can help you fix the problem.

Open the document you want to copy data from, add some text to it, save it, then open it again and paste the copied data. If you encounter the same error when pasting data into a filled document, move on to the next fix.

5. Check if you have permission to copy and paste data

Microsoft Intune allows administrators to manage what data users have access to and how they can access and use that data. Therefore, make sure that you are allowed to copy and paste the data that is getting the error.

You can ask your colleague, who also belongs to the same user group and has the same access level as you, to copy the data. If he can copy and paste the data, but you can't, ask the administrator why you can't copy the data and he will assist you.

6. Do not paste data into apps that are not authorized by the organization

If this is your first time copying data to an application that you have never done before and encounter this error, make sure that your organization allows you to use the application. However, there is a problem: Only admins can check that.

So first ask admin to navigate to Client apps > App protection policies, select policy, then message Data Transfer and make sure that no apps are selected next to Select apps to exempt.

However, if the app is unrestricted and you've copied stuff there many times before, move on to the next fix.

7. Break up data if you can

Intune allows administrators to limit the number of characters that can be copied and pasted in one go. You may encounter the error in question if such a limit is configured in the policy and you copy more data than specified.

To confirm that the data limit is not causing the problem, first break down the data and try to move it in smaller chunks. If data compaction fixes the problem, check with your administrator to find out if any restrictions apply. If so, the administrator can remove the restriction.

As an administrator, go to the Data Transfer section using the same path as explained earlier and remove the restriction next to Cut and copy character limit for any app in the Restrict cut, copy, and paste between other apps.

After the limit is removed, you will not receive an error message when copying and pasting data. However, if the limit has not been set or the split data does not resolve the issue, proceed to the next step.

8. Update apps

Outdated applications can also be the source of many unforeseen problems. Therefore, if you haven't updated the app that is experiencing the above error, update both apps to which you are transferring data.

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