Retrieving data: Wait a few seconds and try to Cut or Copy again

by Alexander Griffin
Retrieving data

While using the online version of Microsoft Excel, users are complaining that they are getting- “retrieving data, wait a few seconds and trying to cut or copy again” error. This error is shown when users try to move the copied data into their computers. It also sometimes appears when users try to paste the copied data of the Excel worksheet to another application, document, or another version of Excel. This problem can occur in any version of the Operating system either it is the latest version of Windows 10 or in Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1. For many years, Microsoft users have been facing the same problem but Microsoft has not yet found any specific solution for the same.

Reason Behind The Issue Of “Cut And Paste Not Responding”

The reason behind this problem is still not clear but the Security Experts threw light on several causes for the particular problem. For example, spiteful or dangerous software or applications, viruses, corrupt registry entries, and many more. Users don’t pay attention while installing a third-party program due to this they get dangerous threats in the machine along with the software. This risk malware mixes with important system files which assure smooth computer functioning and prevents many installed apps as well as drivers from working normally. This is the reason it causes various issues including “retrieving data, wait a few seconds and try to cut or copy again”.

Solution For Fixing The Problem

If you are also facing the same problem and looking for a specific solution, we are here to help you. We have provided here four effective methods which you can apply to get rid of the issue. Just pick a preferred solution then see if the issue is fixed or not.

METHOD 1: Open the file in the desktop version of Excel

If you are annoyed by this issue while using the online version of Excel, you should try to open the file in the desktop version. Just follow the steps given below :

Firstly, open your Excel web app.

Now, go on file then save as and then Microsoft Excel.

Open the downloaded file with the desktop version of Excel.

 If it is done then check “retrieving data, wait a few seconds and try to cut or copy again” message still appears or not.

METHOD 2: Use Another Web Browser

It is seen that users face this problem while they use Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer web browsers therefore, you should try different web browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc, to fix the error.

METHOD 3: Try To Repaste The Copied Text Again

To encounter the problem, you should try to repaste the data. You can simply do it by repeating the same action. Here are the steps are given below:

Go back to your desktop version or online office document whichever version is causing the problem.

Now just copy and cut the text again which you want to paste.

Paste it after 8-10 seconds.

Check if the issue still occurs.

METHOD 4: Scan Your Computer For Malware

As we described above, this problem occurs due to the presence of malware or virus in the system. So you need to scan your computer to remove all the dangerous infections from the workstation. You can do this both manually as well as automatically. As the manual process requires much attention and skill in computer and technology so we recommend you do the automatic procedure, you can use the Reimage anti-malware program.

The Final Words

We hope one of these methods will help you in getting rid of the problem- “retrieving data, wait for a few seconds and try to cut or copy again”.

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