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How to fix copy-paste clipboard issue on Windows 7 Synergy client

Love the cross-platform and open source Synergy keyboard and mouse sharing application. With the newly added built-in encryption, it’s even more secure now.

The only problem I had was the copy-paste clipboard issue. When I hit CTRL-C to copy any text from a Windows 7 Synergy cilent (v1.4.12) running in service mode, it doesn’t get sync’d to my Arch Linux Synergy server (v1.4.12-1) and so I can’t paste it on the server machine. However, it does get copied into Windows 7’s own clipboard.

Workaround: Disable the “Elevate” option on Windows 7 Synergy cilent’s GUI. Some of you will need that elevate setting but copy-paste is more important to me. I already have another keyboard plugged in to the client that I can use for UAC prompts and elevated programs, so disabling “Elevate” is fine for me though cumbersome.


Updated on 20130806 to add screenshot.

15 replies on “How to fix copy-paste clipboard issue on Windows 7 Synergy client”

I’ve tried using i’ve tried disabling the elevate option but it still doesn’t seem to solve the issue.

I’m currently running 1.5.1 and nothing i copy for my win7 server box gets copied to the client on a win7 box.

would appreciate any help.

Thanks for this piece. I wasn’t able to get clipboard sharing to work and your explanation about the “Elevate” solved it. I need to use Elevate for UAC during installation but otherwise I don’t. I don’t have a physical keyboard attached so I will have to be careful.

@chris: You can find the “Elevate” checkbox on the Synergy client program’s GUI. It’s at the bottom, right next to the “Apply” and “Stop” buttons.

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