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paint.net 4.0.18 appears to corrupt Windows clipboard

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Almost every time I copy images in paint.net my copy & paste functionality stops working in Windows 10 (latest build). After much trial and error, I have narrowed it down to paint.net following these steps:


1. Open a fairly large image (e.g., 1000x1000)

2. Select all and press Ctrl+C to copy the image

3. Paste the image somewhere else

4. Repeat steps 1-3, copying different images


Eventually you will get this error, after which copy & paste stops working in Windows:




In order to fix this, I have to log out and log back in.

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  • 4 months later...

I just updated to version 4.0.21 and the copy/cut problem reared its ugly head again (same error as above). Anyone else suffering from this, or just me?? I'm using Windows 10 Pro with no anti-virus software apart from what comes with Windows 10.



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This is almost certainly caused by some other software you have running.


The clipboard is a shared resource -- one application can break it for all the others, unfortunately.


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