Hi, and thanks for reading this. I've browsed the other posts about cut/copy and paste, but didn't seem to find a question/answer that was what I was looking for.
We have Acad LT 2012, 64 bit on Win7. I've found that the paste option in my right click menu is "grayed out". If I select an object and use the keyboard Ctrl-C, and then Ctrl-P, the object will paste. If I select an object, right click to open the menu, go to "clipboard" then "copy", I can't paste by using the same steps. Paste (as well as the other paste options) is grayed and I can't select it. The biggest issue is that I can't "paste to original coordinates". I can still use the Ctrl-P to paste.
(Yes I can w-block it, or just block it, but that takes more time.)
Any ideas as to why it is grayed out in my menus?
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I haven't changed it. If you have an object selected and the right-click, the command, in the right-click menu in the "clipboard" flyout of "copy" is the copyclip command. The "copy selection" in the right-click menu is the normal copy command.
Regardless of which command is which, the "paste" options are grayed out in the right-click menus. If I have the "HOME" ribbon up, the clipboard menu works, but it's always faster to just right-click to paste. If I use the copyclip button on the Clipboard ribbon menu, the paste on the right-click menu is still gray.
This is a known issue.
Open the Options Window either from the Command Line: OPTIONS; or from the dropdown.
The Paste Options will be available.
You need to do this each time you start AutoCAD.
(Or when you think about it because you need to Copy/Paste)
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I've not seen that issue much here unless COPYCLIP failed, but I don't leave LT up when I am not working in it either (lunchtime or when I go home at the end of the day).
Now the PLINE grips (Dynamic Grip Menu) sometimes stop and your workaround is the fix for that, but that's been around since LT2011.
I'm not sure if opening "options" worked or not, as I didn't think to look this morning to see if paste was grayed out. After opening "options", it is no longer gray, so It appears to be working.
I posted this same question several months back and one of the Autodesk Employees chimed in about it being a known issue.
But I will agree that 20%+/- of the time it does not happen. Not sure why. Just as I am not sure why sometimes when I Paste As Block from this right click menu the "New" block will want to Rotate (but not always).
Something must be different or got changed on your system because I'm running Windows 7 64-bit and AutoCAD LT 2012 too and following your steps in the original message I can't duplicate this behavior at all.
I do think using the clipboard can introduce a lot of extra clicks and picks however. Most of the time after selecting a group of objects I'll Ctrl-Shift-C and select a basepoint. From there it's a fast Ctrl-V and Bob's your uncle... everything is where I want it. I can't honestly think of a situation where the clipboard would be more efficient than that unless it had some sort of "history" or "stack" function.
Kind of like Restless Leg Syndrome.
Those who have it know.
Those that don' think we're nuts.
I do way to much clicking and have never been a keyboard jockey (likely evidenced by my typing skills from time to time) so tend to over-use the righ click menus and have added many oft used Commands to the available menus.
That was actually offered as a suggestion as to the problem. The AutoCAD was conflicting between the right click menu and a Ribbon tab related to some of these Commands. One theory.
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