Disable Copy/Paste

Hello Folks,
Does anybody know how to Disable Windows 7 from copy/paste  or keeping it from doing so? or eliminating the clipboard ?
ivan rosaAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You cannot disable copy paste


Why? To do so would render the machine useless.

Clipboard is internal and it cannot be eliminated.

What is your need?
Jacob DurhamIT Support Analyst II (Lead Infrastructure Engineer)Commented:
If you can host the application in Citrix XenApp or VMWare Horizon View you can gain this level of control.

I know with Citrix you can fully control clipboard redirection. For example you can copy and paste into the Citrix session but not out. Also you can set a policy to prevent screen shots. If you take a screen shot on the host computer anything in the Citrix window is blacked out.

I'm still learning View so I don't know if the same is possible. May even be possible in Microsoft Remote Desktop Services.

There is no technical solution to this as it's overly broad. It does not say exactly which type of data, and which software. It's basically disabling CTLR+C and CTRL+V which is IT suicide.

I would go with a statement on code of conduit, security policy or other binding document.

If they insist on a technical solution, and can specify exactly which data, source program or something else that is very distinctive, a DLP solution might work, but I would try staying away from it as it's a nightmare to implement properly.

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James RankinCommented:
With AppSense Application Manager (or Ivanti Application Control as it is now called) you can disable keystrokes for certain processes and not others. So if, for instance, you wanted to stop Copy and Paste from within Microsoft Office you could.

However there is a cost attached to this and as said so previously it will probably impact users' day-to-day work.

One of my favourite lines is "there are seldom technical solutions to behavioural problems". If you don't trust your employees to the extent of disabling Copy and Paste, hire some new ones. After all, even with things disabled they could still take a photo on their phone or write something down...
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James RankinCommented:
Also yes, Citrix can have this disabled by policies and I think RDSH too. However it relies on all your sensitive apps being Citrix-hosted and I would struggle to justify the cost of a Citrix solution for this alone
ivan rosaAuthor Commented:
thanks for you quick response guys but i forgot to mention no citrix, no vmware, nor remote are involve with this project all computers are local with local users
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update. So NO, you cannot disable copy paste, and clipboard on a local machine.
James RankinCommented:
Unless you want to stump up for a third-party tool like Ivanti Application Control ;-)
why would you want to disable the clipboard? otherwise you need third party tools. I have read about autohotkey which replaced the clipboard with a textbl stating the clipboard was disabled.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Further, if you disable Copy / Paste, Word, Excel and Power Point will be very awkward to use. You will not be able to move files around.

To ask again: What are you trying to accomplish.
Jacob DurhamIT Support Analyst II (Lead Infrastructure Engineer)Commented:
ivan rosaAuthor Commented:
thanks for the replies fellas
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