How To Enable Copy Paste ( Shared Clipboard ) Between VirtualBox Host And Guest OS

After installing a Linux ( Ubuntu or CentOS ) in Oracle VirtualBox, you should want to enable the copy & paste function between the virtual machine and the host machine. This article will tell you how to do it.

1. Prerequisite.

  1. First, you should start the virtual machine.
  2. Then click Devices —> Insert Guest Additions CD image… menu item to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions software in your virtual machine OS.
  3. If you meet an error during the above process, you can read the article How To Resolve VirtualBox Guest Additions: Kernel Headers Not Found For Target Kernel Error to learn how to fix it.

2. Enable Copy & Paste ( Share Clipboard ) Between Oracle VirtualBox Virtual Machine And Host Machine Steps.

  1. Right-click the virtual machine in VirtualBox.
  2. Then click Settings… menu item in the popup list.
  3. Then click the Advanced tab in the General settings window.
  4. Select Bidirectional item in the Shared Clipboard drop-down list.
  5. You can also select the Bidirectional item in the Drag’n Drop drop-down list.
  6. You can also click Devices —> Shared Clipboard —> Bidirectional , Devices —> Drag and Drop —> Bidirectional menu item to configure above settings.
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