Unable to paste elements from one design file to another user only has option to paste picture.
User logs in as the site administrator and gets options to paste one element from one design file to another. If same user logs in as any other user without admin rights he only gets options to paste as text or picture.
If you go into the menu item > Edit > Paste Special you should see several options available to you including to Paste:
Elements To Design File
Text To Design File
If you find that one or more of these options are not available it may be related to the permissions or access of your account.
The DDE/OLE and Copy/Paste tools require that there is a temp folder with full access.
The location of this folder is defined using the configuration variable:
To find the location of the related temp folder from within MicroStation, use the keyin:
$ % explorer $(MS_TMP)
If the folder does not exist, then it should be created it ensuring that it does not have restrictions.
If the folder exists, then check that the user does have write access (user permissions).
If the folder exists and has write access, the problem could be caused by the files in that folder.
One of the files in that folder is called clipbrd.dgn or clipboard.dgn.
That clipbrd.dgn / clipboard.dgn is the temp storage file for the elements/objects that are available to be inserted into the open dgn file.
In some cases clipbrd.dgn / clipboard.dgn is corrupted (due to a MicroStation or Windows crash).
To resolve: Exit MicroStation and remove either the clipbrd.dgn / clipboard.dgn or all the files that are left behind in the temp folder.
When MicroStation is restarted, the DDE/OLE and Copy/Paste tools should work fine again (clipbrd.dgn / clipboard.dgn will be recreated on the fly).
Note: By default the variable MS_SCR includes this MS_TMP variable.
Should that MS_SCR point to a different location, than that location should have no restrictions either.
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