Pasting text in Firefox

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Due to certain security settings in Firefox, you may have trouble pasting text into FCKeditor when you try to right-click and select Paste. Earlier versions of Firefox may not allow you to paste using Ctrl-v either. To resolve these problems, choose one of the solutions below:

  • From the Edit menu, select Paste.
  • Press Ctrl-v. If this does not work, upgrade to the latest version of Firefox.
  • Change your security settings so that Firefox will let you paste by right-clicking. To do this in Windows XP:
    1. Close all Firefox windows.
    2. Navigate to the directory below, where username is your username and ProfileName is either your full name or a string followed by ".default":
      • On Windows it will be something like C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ProfileName
      • On Mac OS X it will be something like /Users/yourhome/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/ProfileName
      • On Linux it will be something like ~/.mozilla/Profiles/ProfileName
    3. Using a text editor, create a file named user.js in that directory.
      Note: Be sure your text editor does not add a .txt extension to the end of the filename. The file needs to have .js as the extension.
    4. In this file, enter the following:
      user_pref("capability.policy.policynames", "allowclipboard");
      user_pref("capability.policy.allowclipboard.sites", "");
      user_pref("capability.policy.allowclipboard.Clipboard.cutcopy", "allAccess");
      user_pref("capability.policy.allowclipboard.Clipboard.paste", "allAccess");
    5. Restart Firefox.

This article is intended to help individuals using Isaak, Brock University's Sakai-Based LMS. You can search more help articles either by using the "search" box on the left or clicking here. More help articles can also be browsed here.

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