At the beginning of this week, I noticed that I can no longer properly copy and paste into or out of a Google Document. I find that if I highlight more than one paragraph and press Edit / Copy or ctrl / + c, it will not copy. Even when I select only one paragraph, it still will not copy.

The only way I can get it to copy is when I leave off the first character in the paragraph, the last character in the paragraph, or both. Then I have to copy paragraph-by-paragraph out of the Google Doc.

I've tried this on two different machines, both running Firefox. Does this happen for anyone else, and if so do you have a fix?

  • Does this happen in other web pages, esp. in rich text fields like gmail message composition? Does it happen in other browsers? If you clear the browser's cache and site-specific data then restart the browser, does that fix it?
    – Jerry101
    Commented Jul 27, 2014 at 3:14
  • I haven't had it happen yet today. If it does, I'll try each of these. Commented Jul 28, 2014 at 15:12
  • Maybe it's related with non-visible characters in that paragraph? I've been using Google docs really heavily for the past few days and haven't seen this at all.
    – Alpha
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 22:14
  • So I noticed an error a day or two ago when I copy from Google Documents, it says, Error loading fonts..., and a "Learn More" link, but it always disappears before I can click it. Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 14:15
  • I found a temporary solution where if I copied and pasted from/to the Google Doc, I would then be able to paste elsewhere. ... But now I can no longer paste in Google Docs! If I try to use Edit / Paste, it gives me the "action is no longer available" message. Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 18:18

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This might be related to this issue: Cut and paste function does not work on Google docs? (Mozilla Support) You can try by setting "dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled" to true in "about:config" (you can access it by putting about:config in the location bar of Firefox).

Hope this helps.

  • Any solution is better than no solution, thanks! Commented Mar 1 at 23:37

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