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I'm using Safari and copy-pasting in Google Docs with a keyboard shortcut is extremely unreliable. It can work most of the time, but at some point the Cut and Copy items in the Safari menu become disabled and the only way to get copy-paste working again is to reload the page.

Is there any way of getting copy-paste to work properly in other browsers, or is using Google Chrome the only solution, as described in this topic: In copy/paste, Google Docs says "These actions are unavailable via the Edit menu, but you can still use Ctrl C" etc?

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Sorry, this isn't much of an answer, but I've found that rather than reloading the entire document, simply changing it in any way (e.g. entering a space somewhere) re-jiggers it so that copy will work again... until it doesn't (usually one time :P), and you get the "beep" and then you have to type something again. Annoying, but far less annoying than reloading the entire doc each time this happens.

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It looks like cut and copy shouldn't work at all. Due to the inherent security built into Safari, it won't let just any webpage write to your clipboard. If you want to use the full functionality of Google Docs it looks like you need to use Google Chrome. - Source

A possible workaround for this problem seems to be Popclip {Free trial/$5 in the app store]. Popclip doesn't work in Google Chrome, but works with all the extensions I tested in Safari for Google Docs!

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Side-note: does anyone have a good explanation why you can copy and paste from a form, such as this stack overflow answer box, you can't do the same action in Google Docs? It seems like the text you want is already in the html inside span tags. So shouldn't it copy like you would from a webpage? - My best guess is that Google Docs has a javascript function that triggers when the keyboard shortcuts are pressed, which is denied by the browsers inherent security functions. If so, then would cut and copy work again if that function wasn't run? –  KyleKing Sep 6 at 15:39

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