How to copy and paste between your computer and VirtualBox

1- Install additional software

After you install VirtualBox and a virtual machine, you want to Copy & Paste between your computer and the virtual machine, you need to install an additional piece of software, which is ” Guest Additions“.On the  VirtualBox window, enter the  Devices/Insert Guest Additions CD Image..function to insert a virtual  CD disc to install this software.

After finishing installation, restart your virtual machine 

2- Shared Clipboard + Drag & Drop

Shut down your virtual machine and go back to the  VirtualBox Manager ​​​​​​​screen.

On “General -> Advanced” Tab, select:

  • Shared Clipboard: Bidirectional
  • Drag & Drop: Bidirectional

With the above choice, you can copy the documents on your computer and paste to the virtual machine and vice versa. And, you can also drag & drop the files between two computers.