How to Enable or Disable Clipboard Sharing with Sandbox in Windows 11

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This article describes steps one can take to turn on or off clipboard sharing or copying and pasting from the host into the Sandbox in Windows 11.

When you turn on Sandbox in Windows 11, you enable a lightweight, isolated desktop environment to safely run applications. The sandbox environment is completely isolated and remains “sandboxed” and runs separately from the host machine.

By default, clipboard sharing or copying and pasting between the host and Windows Sandbox are not permitted. If you need to copy and paste from the host to the sandboxed environment you will need to allow clipboard sharing.

Below is how to do that in Windows 11.

How to turn on or off copying and pasting between host and sandbox in Windows 11

As described above, by default, clipboard sharing or copying and pasting between the host and Windows Sandbox are not permitted.

You will not be able to copy and paste between the host and the sandbox environment if you don’t allow clipboard sharing.

Below is how to enable or disable this feature in Windows 11.

First, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start Menu and searching for Edit group policy as highlighted below.

Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

windows 11 edit group policy
windows 11 edit group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Sandbox

In the Windows Sandbox details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting that says “Allow clipboard sharing with Windows Sandbox“.

windows 11 allow clipboard sharing with windows sandbox
windows 11 allow clipboard sharing with windows sandbox

On the Allow clipboard sharing with Windows Sandbox window, set the option to Not ConfigureEnabled, or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled  – Copy and paste between the host and Windows Sandbox are permitted.
  • Disabled – Copy and paste in and out of Sandbox will be restricted.
windows 11 allow clipboard sharing with windows sandbox options
Windows 11 allow clipboard sharing with windows sandbox options

Enable or disable clipboard sharing with sandbox via Windows Registry

If you can’t open the Local Group Policy Editor, you can use the Windows Registry instead.

Open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Sandbox
windows 11 enable disable printer sharing with sandbox registry
Windows 11 enables disabling printer sharing with the sandboxed registry

If you don’t see the Sandbox folder key, simply right-click on the Windows key, then create a subfolder key called Sandbox.

On the right pane of the Sandbox folder key, right-click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named AllowClipboardRedirection.

Double-click the new key and enter the Value data as 1 to enable clipboard sharing between the host and the sandbox environment.

A 0-value data or simply deleting the key will disable copying and pasting between the host and the sandbox environment.

windows 11 allow clipboard redirection registry
windows 11 allow clipboard redirection registry

That should do it!

Reference:

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-sandbox/windows-sandbox-overview

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable copying and pasting between the host and sandbox environment in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.