Disable Allow this Webpage to Access your Clipboard Message in IE

To work on internet I mostly prefer a better browser than IE like Chrome or Firefox but it was yesterday when I was required to work from office I came across this message in IE (yeah my office computer has IE 🙁 ). This is a known pop-up but I wasn’t even aware of this as I never worked on IE until yesterday when I figured out the reason behind.

Actually, cache memory is a secure place where our all the copied data resides temporarily which can be used by us in future or by an app which wish to access the location. Thus starting IE 7, Microsoft had provided restricted access to the cache memory location so that the data copied by us to the clipboard can’t be used without our consent.

I wrote some content on a Word doc and when I tried to paste it to the webpage, I got this warning message “Do you want to allow this webpage to access your Clipboard? If you allow this, the webpage can access the Clipboard and read information that you’ve cut or copied recently.” This warning pop up is as per the security restriction by Microsoft that I came across in IE 8 too.

Steps to disable/remove this pop up:

1. Go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Security tab.
2. Select “Internet” zone, and click on “Custom level…” button.
3. Scroll down to “Scripting” section, second last section from bottom.


4. Under “Allow Programmatic clipboard access” option, check the “Enable” button (the default value selected is Prompt, which cause the pop-up message to be displayed whenever there is any attempt to access the Clipboard).
5. Click Ok and apply the settings.

Please note here that, doing this will allow the programs installed in your computer to access the cache and pick the data automatically, however if you feel it is OK with you then go ahead and disable this message in IE.

Alternatively, you can use the same setting for “Trusted Site” at step 2 if you wish to keep this feature for sites other than you access but now you will have to add your most viewed sites into the exception list. Or simply you can switch to other browsers than IE.

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