Are you trying to copy some corporate data and getting the “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” error? It means you are trying to copy data that has been restricted from cut, copy, paste because of security reasons.
When this happens, you are not allowed to perform these actions leaving you frustrated and eventually affecting your performance.
Sometimes the error can be more specific as follows:
- your organization’s data cannot be pasted here. only 260 characters are allowed
- your organization’s data cannot be pasted here. only 200 characters are allowed
- your organization’s data cannot be pasted here. only 25 characters are allowed
This error can be seen for several reasons but the most prominent one being your organization’s Microsoft Intune policy settings to restrict these actions, technical glitches, outdated versions of MS Office, etc.
In today’s post, we will learn all about “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” in detail along with 5 solutions that will potentially help in fixing this annoying error.
Why does the “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” error occur?
This error is mainly seen when you try to copy some data from Outlook to another app that is unauthorized for these actions.
However, this is not true for all cases, the “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” can also be encountered while copying data to authorized apps.
You can come across this problem on Windows, Mac OS, and even Android mobile phones.
However, this post is focused on the Windows platform. You can try methods from this post to troubleshoot problems on Mac OS or Android devices if applicable.
We have quickly gone through the reasons that could potentially be the reasons behind this error but the most prominent one being the company’s Microsoft InTune App Protection Policy settings.
If cut, copy, paste in policy settings is set to “Blocked” you will not be able to paste data to MS Excel or other apps from Microsoft Outlook.
The organizations apply these protections to prevent unauthorized transfer of data to safeguard the company’s integrity.
However, if your MS Office suite is outdated or has an update pending, you are likely to see this error as well.
How to Fix the “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” Error?
Resolving this issue can be very important as you can’t afford to see this error every time you try to copy data from Outlook and paste it into an Excel spreadsheet.
This can leave you frustrated and will hamper your performance within the organization.
To avoid it, try these top 5 workable solutions to fix the “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” error easily.
Restart your computer
One of the most common fixes, whenever you run into any problem with your PC or with the installed app, is to restart your computer.
Also, if your computer lags as it stays on for a long time, or the Office app becomes unresponsive because of slow processing, rebooting can be a viable solution.
Rebooting your computer will give it a new start. It will restart all the services and processes required for the smooth functioning of the PC and apps installed.
- Click the Power button from the bottom right corner.
- Click “Restart” and allow your computer to reboot.
Open the Outlook app, copy the same data, and try to paste it into the required app to check if the “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” is fixed.
#Sol 1- Modify Microsoft InTune App Protection Policy Settings
If restarting the computer doesn’t work, check if the cut, copy, and paste actions are set to “Blocked” under Microsoft Itune App settings.
If it is set to “blocked”, you will not be allowed to copy data from Outlook and paste it into other apps on your computer.
The organization follows this practice to protect the company’s valuable data from copying to apps outside the organization’s authorized/managed apps.
Changing Microsoft Intune app data protection to “Any app” may fix this problem. However, you must bring this change to the administrator’s notice or even ask them to modify the settings for you.
If you are modifying the settings on your own, you must have administrative access to Microsoft Intune Dashboard.
Follow these steps to modify the settings:
- Login to Microsoft Intune Dashboard.
- Go to “App” from the left-hand side menu.
- Click “App protection policies“
- Then go to “Intune App Protection – Properties“
- Go to “Data Protection“.
- Scroll down to the “Data Transfer” section and set “Restrict cut, copy and paste between other apps” to “Any app” from the drop-down menu.
Close all the windows, reboot your computer, and check if the error persists.
#Sol 2- Create a New InTune App Projection Policy
If you do not have the policy created, try to create one to see if this can fix this problem.
Again, you must have administrative access in order to create a new app protection policy.
Make sure to close the app the apps and windows.
Here are the steps:
- Launch your favorite browser and type the URL- endpoint.microsoft.com. Or Click Here
- Enter credentials and log in to Microsoft Intune Dashboard.
- Go to “Apps” from the left-hand side menu.
- Next, go to “App protection policies“
- Next, go to “Create Policy” next to the big blue “+” icon.
- Enter all the required details to create a new policy.
- Go to Apps > Intune app protections > Data Protection > Data Transfer and choose “Restrict cut, copy and paste between other apps” to “Any app“
- Click “OK” to save the new policy.
- Assign this new policy to the app groups that you want to allow cut, copy, and paste action between.
Close all the windows and restart the computer.
Try to copy and paste data to see if the “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” is resolved.
#Sol 3- Update MS Office Suite
If cut, copy and paste are allowed to authorized apps and you still see the “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” error, there are great chances that you have been using an outdated version of the Microsoft Office suite.
Updating MS Office manually may potentially fix this problem. This solution has worked for me to fix this problem.
It can be an effective solution to fix various problems related to MS Office as well.
Follow these simple steps to update Office.
- Start a new Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or any MS Office app. Let’s take MS Word as an example.
- Go to “Files“
- Next, go to “Account“
- Click the “Update Options” and select “Update Now“
- If you left any MS Office document opened by mistake, it will ask you to save the work and close the app. Click “Continue” and it will go ahead with the updation.
- Allow it for some time before the updation gets completed. You can work on your computer while the update process is going on.
- You will be notified after the update is completed.
Copy the data now and paste it into MS Excel to check if the error goes away.
#Sol 4- Enable Editing
If you are trying to paste the data into the file that you have probably downloaded from the internet or unreliable sources, the Office files open in a “Protected view” format.
When the protected view is turned on, you can not edit the file including cut, copy and paste.
By default, the office file document is opened in protected view to safeguard your computer from potential malware or virus threats that can damage your computer.
And, when the protected view is turned on, you may encounter the “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” error while pasting copied data to these files.
It can be resolved by enabling editing.
Here is the process!
- Open the file and it will be opened in “protected view” mode.
- Look for the yellow colored strip with the button “Enable Editing“
- Click “Enable Editing” and the file will become available for cut, copy, and paste.
- Copy data from Outlook and paste it into the file to check if you are allowed to perform all three actions now.
#Sol 5- Create New File
Sometimes cut, copy, and paste are restricted on an MS Office file as the creator of the file might have restricted these actions.
Opening a new file and pasting the date can serve the purpose.
Here is how to apply this solution:
- Copy demo data (even a single random word will do, we just need something to perform the “paste” action in the next steps).
- Right-click on the desktop and select “New“
- Choose “Microsoft Word Document“. I have chosen Word for the sake of this tutorial, you can open the required app from the list.
- A new Word file will be opened.
- Right-click anywhere in the Word file and select Paste.
- If you successfully paste the data, the problem is resolved.
- Save the file.
- Now copy the Outlook data that you wanted to paste and paste it into the same file.
Hope it fixes the “Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here” problem.
Your Organization’s Data Cannot Be Pasted Here mainly occurs due to the Company’s Microsoft Intune App protection policy.
It restricts users from copying Outlook data and pasting it into any other app managed outside.
The organization follows this practice to safeguard valuable data from unauthorized transfer.
This problem can be resolved by modifying the Intune App protection policy, updating the MS Office suite, or using a new Word file.