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At 20:04 10/05/2018 +0900, Thomas Blasejewicz wrote:
I am using Ver. (and some other minor variations) on a Windows 10 machine and having trouble with "copying text". I think, this problem has not yet appeared on other machines.

Problem: Select a text portion in one application -> move to Writer -> Ctrl+V (paste).

That's not a "problem" until you say what doesn't happen as you expect! And you shouldn't expect to paste anything in LibreOffice just because you selected it in another application: you need to *copy* it there first.

(copy "text only" does NOT help)

This has to be in the other, unspecified application, so no-one can say anything about that. Or do you mean pasting unformatted text?

However, what shows up is a text portion selected earlier and NOT the one selected just now.

Applying Occam's razor, the simplest interpretation is merely that the copy process did not operate correctly. Since you will normally get no visual or audible feedback of the success of a copy operation, it is very easy to think you have completed one when it hasn't happened properly. Without the copy happening properly, what will be on the clipboard is what was previously there, of course: hence your observed problem. Many are the times when I have selected required material and pasted something else, having forgotten to copy the selection or perhaps fumbled doing so. Another easy trick is to copy material and then perform minor changes involving copying in the target document before pasting it, forgetting that this will overwrite the clipboard contents.

Are you performing the copy (if you are doing it at all!) using Ctrl+C or using a menu item or toolbar button in the other application? The first thing to suspect would be a hardware problem making that process flaky. Is your Ctrl key reliable? Does the other Ctrl key work better or suffer from the same problem? Is the C key problematic? Do you need to empty your keyboard of crumbs? Does it need new batteries? Is your left mouse click sometimes unreliable? What happens if you try an alternative mouse?

When I do the Ctrl+V (paste) trick in a text editor, the text portion in question shows up just fine.

That cannot be explained by the above - except that any such intermittent fault will show up confusing results such as this. But remember that the clipboard is a facility of the operating system or other application, not either of the applications between which you are attempting to transfer material. So you shouldn't immediately suspect LibreOffice.

This happens SOMETIMES but not always. (it is nevertheless very annoying).

So it is indeed an intermittent problem, either with the hardware or the user.

Currently I have to close Writer and reopen it to "solve" this problem.

I'd strongly suggest that this is a red herring, and merely another symptom of intermittent behaviour.

Is there something a little smarter that can be done?

Get someone to watch you work and see exactly what is happening. Can you reproduce the problem under such conditions?

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker (who happens just today to have needed to replace the batteries in his keyboard)

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