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# Wednesday, 04 January 2006
PROBLEM: Firefox clipboard not working sometimes
Note: i still don't know a work around for this problem.  The post below seems to help somewhat, but does not solve the problem completely.

Tom Keating wrote a very good description of Firefox's dodgy clipboard functionality on this blog post.  More correctly, it is a problem with Microsoft Office locking the clipboard and preventing other applications using it.  I found that by closing all Office applications, the firefox copy/paste problem went away temporarily.  I did some more testing and remembered that after i installed Office 2003, i hid the annoying Office Clipboard and stopped it popping up every time i copied something.  I suspected that it was still running in the background, interfering with other applications like Firefox. The way to turn it off completely is to open up Word, Edit > Office Clipboard.  Click on the options button at the bottom, and untick all the menu options.

This has minimised the problem a lot for me, it doesn't bother me much anymore.  However Tom wrote back to say he still gets the problem. 

Wednesday, 04 January 2006 17:45:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [5]  General

Wednesday, 04 January 2006 18:31:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Damn, I thought your trackback would provide a solution to my clipbaord problem. Alas, my Office clipboard already had all its options unchecked. Still have clipboard issues. sigh.
Wednesday, 04 January 2006 18:40:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
just when i thought i had solved a great big problem...
thanks for the notification anyway tom. if i find that the problem has gone away permanently for me, i will get back to you. maybe there is some other office configuration that is breaking the clipboard.
Tim Mackey
Saturday, 11 March 2006 11:42:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I don't have any office stuff and only Wordpad, not Word and have the clipboard problems anyhow. I'm using Firefox v. 1.0.7 and earlier versions didn't have this problem. Why don't the guys who run the Mozilla site realize their fix doesn't work and do something about this?
Saturday, 11 March 2006 13:15:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
hi smoker,
yeah you're right it's the only really big bug in FF that bothers me day-to-day. there is an entry in the Firefox bugZilla database: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=309001

but honestly i can't see how any number of developers will ever get through that list it is so big.

Monday, 18 September 2006 06:10:06 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
This is not true, i don't have any Office installed on my machine, and still got this annoying problem
Phong Pham
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