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Robert M McClure:
I can assure you that the reported problem, ie, Control-C not copying. Is NOT a hardware problem. On my machine it appears to happen quite regularly under the following circumstance. Firefox is displaying a web page. Control-C click on the URL bar. Open a Writer window. Paste (Control-V). This ALWAYS works. Select some text in the Firefox page. Control-C click. Go to the Writer page. Paste. About 90% of the time the result is the previously copied URL. However, if in the Firefox page, you click on Edit, and then Copy, and then paste in the Writer Document, it is correct. I have performed this experiment (and similar ones) enough times to definitely rule out a keyboard problem on my machine. There is something strange in the interaction between Firefox and Writer. I have tried the same experiment with the Opera browser and do not see this problem.

Not sure if it's the case here, but I have noticed that some applications can sometimes take a bit of time to actually perform the copy. Particularly with large graphics or a lot of complexly formatted text.

After a failed paste, if you wait 10 seconds or so and try to paste again (without copying again) do you then get the expected content pasted?

It could be that Firefox is just taking a while to actually copy the content to the clipboard, and in the meantime the clipboard is giving you what it currently has. Although there might not appear to be a lot to copy, some web pages include a lot of images or are very heavy on formatting markup, CSS, JavaScript and suchlike which might perhaps slow down the copy. Conversely, a URL is plain text and very short in comparison, so does not incur a noticeable delay.


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