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When I paste anything on Gmail these two little squares will show up:

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Looks like two characters, I can cut them as I can do with any text, but when I paste there's nothing to paste. Any idea what this is?

By the way, I use Boomerang for Gmail, not sure if it's related.

--update:

It shows up always in the end of the mail, after the signature, even if I paste something in the beginning of the text.

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  • That's odd. Do you see them when you paste anywhere else? – ale Dec 21 '13 at 15:17
  • @Krampus not, only on GMail. – The Student Dec 21 '13 at 18:49
  • I don't have enough reputation to comment, but I remember having a similar issue about a year ago. I'm curious, does it happen to you only when using a specific browser? – CodyBugstein Dec 22 '13 at 15:40
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    @Imray looks like it's only on Firefox... Not happen on Chrome. – The Student Dec 23 '13 at 14:06
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    My guess is they should be unicode characters something like end-of-line and such.. – Aditya Dec 25 '13 at 9:24
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It was indeed an issue with Boomerang on Firefox.

Thanks to Michael Hoffman for letting us know about the issue. We released a fix for this last week. If you are still seeing this, make sure you have the latest version and reload Gmail after clearing cache.

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Try cutting the 2 dots and pasting them into the online hex editor at http://www.edithex.com/ and then click the Convert button.

Then copy and paste the results here.

I’m guessing the 2 dots are control characters, such as EOL, or EOF but we should be able to work out what they represent, when you paste the hex codes for the characters here.

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  • I have this problem too. I pasted an X on either side of the two little squares. When I paste into edithex.com, I get only XX (58 58). The squares are missing. – Michael Hoffman Jan 4 '14 at 20:22
  • I can cut, but there's nothing when I paste... – The Student Jan 6 '14 at 11:46
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I remember something like this when I was using Boomerang for Gmail in the Chrome Browser but I can't remember the details. I agree, might be control characters.

What happens when you try this on a computer without Boomerang installed?

Trying it without Boomerang might eliminate that as a culprit.

Other things to check:

  • Is the latest version of Boomerang installed?
  • Are there other extensions or plugins installed that might be conflicting?

I no longer use Boomerang or I would test it again.

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    I had this problem too on Firefox. Just disabled Boomerang and the problem went away. – Michael Hoffman Jan 4 '14 at 20:24
  • Still not sure what's the meaning of those dots/squares, but it really looks like Boomerang's stuff anyway. – The Student Jan 6 '14 at 11:47
  • Baydin, the makers of Boomerang, say they are looking into it. twitter.com/baydin/status/419644359970013187 – Michael Hoffman Jan 6 '14 at 14:28
  • Baydin posted an answer here to follow-up. – ale Jan 14 '14 at 1:18
  • Glad to hear this is now fixed. Boomerang is a great tool for that missing "manage this email later" feature. More useful than you might first guess. – Kevan Sheridan Jan 14 '14 at 19:38
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Check out the signature text of your account in Settings.

Also check in "Labs" tab of settings if you have enabled any unnecessary apps.

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Looks like it's an attempt to attach an image to your email body

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