Questions tagged [copy-paste]

Copy and Paste is a technique for replicating content (text or data) from one location to another, leaving the original untouched.

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HTML <q> element: quotation symbols not selectable?

To include a quotation in HTML, one could simply use quotation symbols: <p>“Yes,” he said.</p> Alternatively, one could use the inline quotation element: <p><q>Yes,</q>...
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Highlighting text in a selectable container

We have an issue where a user can click into the cell of a table, and the table will sort based on that selection. But, we also have research that shows users want to be able to select the content of ...
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Usability of having a mailto link open a popover prompting the user to copy the email address to clipboard or open their default mail application

I've been thinking about how to handle mailto links on a website redesign, and I know that having an email address listed can make a user feel more comfortable about contacting rather than just a ...
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User needs to paste clipboard data into website with CTRL+V, but the data they paste will not be shown to them. How can I make this intuitive?

I am changing a form where we have users paste some data from clipboard (copied from excel) and fill out a few metadata fields about the data. Previously in the design we were able to have a button ...
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Do people actually use “copy” buttons on websites?

I'm currently building a webapp and want to give people an easy way to copy and paste their content to another tool. The content itself is formatted quite strangely on our website (for a number of ...
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Are there any strategies to minimise the impact of copy and paste block on the UX?

Follow on from this question As part of a website the client has asked for a copy and paste block to be implemented. While it has been generally agreed in the other question that this is problematic, ...
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How big a deal is blocking copy-pasting on a website?

I'm working on a website on which the client wants to disable copy-paste. It's not to do with security or passwords, but that the data on display is valuable if taken en masse (and almost no value if ...
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Specific right click functions + Web browser. Good Idea?

I would create a web browser that can do specific functions by right clicking to thing. But also, users might want to save an image, or copy something. Is it worth killing the default menus for a ...
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Add clipboard Cut menu item when you already have another menu item that really Cuts

I have a software whose main purpose is commanding a Cut machine. I already have an Option on the menus named "Cut" which causes the machine to do its function of Cutting parts. Now, I want to add ...
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Copy/paste VS Clone

When managing lists or objects, what are the advantages of a "clone" action over "copy & paste", if any? What are the disadvantages? Or when should you use one pattern over another? I assume ...
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helping user select html table for copy

This seems like it would be a common problem, but I couldn't find a discussion in a google search. Users often want to copy data out of html tables (off of web pages) so that they can paste the data ...
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What's the use of allowing to copy empty string to clipboard? [duplicate]

Typical applications that allow copying text to clipboard only enable "Copy" action when there's some nonempty chunk of text selected, otherwise Ctrl-C has no effect. Not so with MS Visual Studio ...
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Where should an item on a 2d grid be pasted to be not overlapping

I have a grid on which boxes can be placed like in the image below. The main constraint is that two boxes must not overlap. Box X is not allowed to be on top of box E. Now given each box should be ...
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Keyboard shortcut for clone (copy+paste operation)

We are developing a scientific software which performs a list of measurements called batch. Usually, some group of measurements are similar. So to make it easier for the user to create its batch, we ...
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Has there been research into user behaviour on clipboard hijacking in browsers?

There is a number of questions on the likes of super user asking to disable clipboard hijacking such as this question. Personally I hate when sites do this and have a feeling it's partly because ...
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Should “Cut” still copy to the clipboard if the selection is read-only?

If the user selects something that is read only, and it is "copyable", should the application still copy to the clipboard if the users attempts to cut, or should it do nothing? My instinct is that it ...
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Choosing between image or video input

I have to do a back-office for an application where the user can add carousels. In the carousel there are both images and videos (from YouTube or Vimeo) slides. The fields are added dynamically via ...
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Supporting Copy/Paste on the web

Do you have a recommendation on how it would be possible to help people to copy and paste data to their clipboard from a website? Would love to allow users to copy a coupon code from the web, but ...
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What could be alternative to text selection?

Say you are using some conferencing application, and are in an active session. Another person is online on Skype and is asking for the meeting info so they can join the session too. Time is critical ...
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Should pressing Ctrl+C with nothing selected really clear your clipboard / copy the whole line?

It seems a bit counter-intuitive to me that in many text editors / IDEs, pressing Ctrl+C with nothing selected, clears your clipboard, or replaces it with whatever is on the same line as the caret. ...
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Is it acceptable to paste text automatically?

I have a mobile app with a new-data-object form where you enter an URL and some other (non-textual) settings. The most common way to enter the URL is to paste it from the address bar of the browser. (...
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What is the best way to confirm something has been copied?

I have a 'Copy' button that copies generated output to the system clipboard. What is the best way to confirm that it has been copied? I was thinking of those possibilities: A dialog "Copied." A ...
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Will a Paste button increase usability?

There comes cases where it's quite obvious that users are most likely to copy and paste a value into a given text-box. One of those cases is a URL fields. This made me thinking of adding a paste ...
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How could you indicate that data is 'copy and paste-able' but not editable?

I'm currently working on a data-rich desktop interface. We have a situation where we're displaying a long list of attributes. Unfortunately I can't go into specifics but ultimately the user can copy ...
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Tooltip with copy to clipboard action

I would like to show a path of the data source of an object (diagram with csv-data) and to give the user the option to copy the path to clipboard. I made different approaches. One idea was if I ...
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Copy/pasting something that's clickable

I have a use case where an element on the page is the most obvious place to link from the list view to the instance view, but users also sometimes need to copy/paste the element text. Because the ...
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Should users be allowed to copy and paste rich text into text?

I have a wiki-style application where users can create articles. Recently, some users have been complaining that our editor does not support copying rich text and formatting from applications like ...