Option to disable "Do you want to keep the last item you copied?" dialog box
It's slower to close the dialog box than it would be to just keep the last thing you copied on the clipboard and close the file. Highly irritating and it needs to be optional at the very least, or a way to set it once and "Do not show this dialog again" kind of thing.
Christopher Crawford commented
It also prevents the computer from rebooting.
(mind you I also hate it when the computer decided to reboot all on it own!)
Gerrit Barrere commented
I totally agree! It seems like this is a leftover from the days of Windows XP, when processors were slow and memory was limited. Please get rid of it!
Agreed. (this is in multiple requests on UserVoice, I am upvoting each one). Testing with huge amount of data copied, it takes longer to read the prompt and press "Yes" than for laptop to perform the copy anyway. It is debatable if this served any purpose on computers in mid-2000s, but now definitively this prompt provides a poor user experience and interrupts otherwise good workflow. I would be interested to read output from any User Test Labs performed by MS where someone has said there is positive benefit reading and responding to a prompt of at least 2 seconds rather than automatically taking a nanosecond to perform expected action anyway. I suggest users expect items copied to clipboard to remain after closing the application, so this should always be default option.
I'm sure every MS WORD user hates this dialog! Most just do not bother to search to find a link to this page to vote on it!
A painful dialog. I can understand why it might be there ... but the definition of "big" needs sorting out. From memory it used to be based on "a large amount of text" which is the dialog I would prefer to see restored.
BUT NOTE - if MS still think it's required surely they could do a better size check than even previously. Even 100 characters isn't that bad, so why not make the limit much larger (like a "BIG" number of characters!!). For example "if characters in last item copied is more than 2000, then ... output dialog box", otherwise just shut up and ignore it.
Or ... provide an option under General settings for user to choose "always reply 'No or Yes'.". And/or also provide the dialog box with a "remember my decision" tick box.
This "feature" is painful for no reason. As everyone else has mentioned, it takes longer to deal with the warning than what the warning warns of. But even worse, for me, is that it requires me to think! I should not have to think about simply closing a document.
Dave Lindbergh commented
********. Came here just to look for a solution to the same thing.
Jonathan Kay commented
To add to this, in modern Windows 10, there is a built-in clipboard manager (Win-V). Regardless what you answer at this prompt, whatever you had copied to the clipboard will still be in there.
If some major enterprise/government customer of Microsoft's for some unholy reason requires this dialog to exist, then a 'Don't show this again' checkbox+reg key will be fine.
frustrated of Derby commented
Exteremely annoying. The file might take 3 nanoseconds longer to save, instead I take a couple of seconds to get annoyed, move the mouse and click!
Personal preference is let it save, if you want it then it's there if not so what.
Doug Cotton commented
Yeah, please disable this annoyance, which pops up every time I exit a Word document where something has been pasted in -- even a tiny picture or symbol.
Also, I have no idea what Uservoice is and strongly doubt that this feedback will actually reach anyone at Microsoft. But here's hoping.
Dave Pickering commented
This should definitely be an option that is by default set to OFF. Or remove the feature altogether. Back in the heady days of Windows 3.1, 95, 98, etc, with the corresponding version of office out at the same time, it took a short amount of time to close an office app! How can that be?!!
I don't need my hand holding when I close an app. If there are users out there that do, then perhaps during office installation there should be various prompts asking what options they want selected (with an option that says 'use defaults').
Closing Word, etc. and having to then respond to an extra question is irritating to say the least.
Aaron Blumer commented
Various workaround have been proposed that aren't workarounds at all (hitting N, copying a single character before exit). These workarounds miss the point, which is that this is a completely unnecessary interruption in workflow for many users.... stopping to hit N or remembering to copy a space or similar before exit are also completely unnecessary interruptions to workflow. The only real fix is to (a) add the option to disable this in Options or (b) remove this "feature" from Word entirely or (c) set the copy size that triggers this warning to something five or ten times the current threshold.