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

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While I was working on the document, I encountered an error saying, “Your organization’s data cannot be pasted here,” mostly when you try to copy and paste text or files on your computer.

It is because your work environment has made some rules to restrict their employees from copying the organization’s data but for some reason, it applied to your personal work as well.

The simplest solution to this problem is to reboot your computer, and if the problem still persists, then you can refer to the troubleshooting methods explained in this tutorial.

But before that, let’s take a look what why the error came in the first place in detail.

The reason behind this error

Your organization’s data cannot be pasted here error in excel

Many organizations allow their employees to bring their computers to work so they don’t have to adapt to the new software and hardware available in the company. However, it would lead to data threats as employees may collect confidential data developed for their proprietary use only.

This is why Microsoft came up with the service called Microsoft Intune, which defines how an employee would use the data through a certain set of rules. One of them is requiring employees to cut, copy, and paste data from Outlook or any other app used for a work-related tool to unauthorized services such as social media or private mail.

For example, if you try to copy from your PPT to your private mail, it won’t let you do that as you are not meant to do so.

But (this is where the problem starts), in the world of computers, things may not go as intended, and so Microsoft’s Intune.

When malfunctioning, it may prohibit users from copying and pasting within the company environment. For example, it won’t let you copy from MS Word and paste into the PowerPoint.

So how do you solve it? Well, I will show you multiple ways you can solve the “Your organization’s data cannot be pasted here” error.

Solving the “Your organization’s data cannot be pasted here” error

In this section, I will walk you through 3 ways to solve this error:

  • Changing policies of Microsoft Intune
  • Updating office suit manually
  • Paste into a different file

So, let’s start with the first one.

Method 1: Change policies of Microsoft Intune

By far, this is the most effective method to solve the “Your organization’s data cannot be pasted here” error as it has worked for me and many other users efficiently. The reason is simple.

While creating a policy, the admin may have selected an application not used in the corporate, which eventually restricts you from copying and pasting data into your private apps as well. So, what we will do is uncheck the application, which shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

The first step is to go to the dashboard of the Microsoft Intune and then follow two simple steps:

  1. Click on Apps
  2. Select App protection policies
open app protection policies from microsoft intune

Once you follow those steps, it will show you the active policies that are responsible for stopping you from copying files.

In my case, there’s a policy named Restricted Copy/Cut/Paste so I will click on that policy to show the further options:

open the microsoft intune policy

There, you will find a new page and then click on the Properties option under the Manage. There you will find the section for Targeted apps and press the Edit button:

open targeted apps from microsoft intune

Now, find the app with which you are having trouble and then follow the 2 simple steps to remove it:

  1. Right-click on the app in which you are having trouble and hit the Delete button
  2. Click on the Review + Save button
delete app from the policy of microsoft intune

If that doesn’t work, then you can turn off the policy altogether.

To turn off the effect of this policy, first, click on the Properties button and then find the Required settings section and hit the Edit button:

delete policy of microsoft intune

Now, click on the Off button to turn off the Windows Information Protection (WIP) mode and then hit the Review + save button:

turn off the microsoft intune policy

That should get the job done.

Method 2: Update the office suite manually

Microsoft Office applications may throw an error if they are outdated or have some bug in them and are fixed in the new version, so eventually, users must update their Office suit.

Sure, the system checks for the updates automatically, but it is Microsoft we are talking about here, so you may have to roll up your sleeve and step into the world of manual computing.

To update the office suit, open one of the office applications, go to the Account and then click on the Office Updates. There you will find an option labeled as Update now. Click on that option and it will manually update the office suit:

update office suit manually

It will check for pending updates and, if found any, will download and install the latest version of Office.

Method 3: Paste into a different file

This has worked for many users, where you copy the file contents and try to paste it into the new file. But you may be wondering how pasting to a new file can solve this issue. Well, if the file you are trying to copy is corrupted, then you may encounter the “Your organization’s data cannot be pasted here” error.

First, open the office software, select everything using Ctrl + A and then copy the file content either using Ctrl + C or by using the connect menu (opened by right-clicking):

copy file from ms word

Now, create an office file. You can do that from the office itself but creating one on the home screen would be quite easy where all you have to do is right-click on the home screen, click on the New and choose the appropriate office file type (I went with the Word file):

create a new file

Next, paste the copied file content to the new file either using Ctrl + V or using the context menu:

paste data in new file

Finally, save the file and that should get the job done.

Facing the same on Android?

On the Android side, if you use a GBoard (Google keyboard), then you may see a pop-up saying “Your organization’s data cannot be pasted here”. Mostly, it is not an error but a recommendation from Google.

To get away with this, log press on the cursor and press the button when the context menu appears, and it should paste your data without any issue. But if the error persists, refer to the 1st method I explained, where you manually change the rules from Microsoft Intune.

I hope you will find this guide helpful, and if you still have any queries, feel free to drop a comment, and we will get back to you in no time.

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Sagar Sharma
Sagar Sharma

Sagar always uses Linux to its core and loves to write the technical side of system administration! While he's not writing for GeniusGeeks, you can find him writing for core linux blogs like IT'SFOSS.com and LinuxHandBook.com

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