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Removal of Cut/Copy/Paste menu item breaks functionality on some webpages.

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At some point Mozilla removed the Cut, Copy and Paste options in Firefox which breaks functionality on some web-pages. An example is for Ubiquiti's router web interface, in their terminal, Ctrl-C is the typical Linux kill command, right click is commandeered for a terminal layout configuration menu, and the only way to past text into the webpage is to use the Paste menu item that used to be in the hamburger menu.

There are other web-pages that using the menu item is the only or best way to cut/copy/paste text.

Removal of this feature breaks those web pages.

At some point Mozilla removed the Cut, Copy and Paste options in Firefox which breaks functionality on some web-pages. An example is for Ubiquiti's router web interface, in their terminal, Ctrl-C is the typical Linux kill command, right click is commandeered for a terminal layout configuration menu, and the only way to past text into the webpage is to use the Paste menu item that used to be in the hamburger menu. There are other web-pages that using the menu item is the only or best way to cut/copy/paste text. Removal of this feature breaks those web pages.

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Websites nowdays implement protection to prevent such commands to be used on their site. This isn't a Browser but site data protection. So unless your using another 3rd party to do this most sites now block such actions.

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This isn't an issue of a website trying to block cut/copy/paste usage. This is a case of the website designers needing to re-assign CTRL-C, CTRL-V, CTRL-X for functionality to reproduce the behavior of a linux terminal in their webpage. There are lots of websites that have to do this, and while they aren't common, they are still quite numerous in certain situations.

The designers of the webpage expected cut/copy/paste to still be available in the menu of the browser, as normal design convention says that they should always be and that their primary location is in a menu item.

This is also only an issue on windows, because on mac CTRL-C/X/V isn't used for cut copy and paste, so the webpage works fine on a mac, because you can still do Command-C/X/V.

Modified by Nabeel Rahimpour

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The Edit controls are available as toolbar buttons. You can drag the edit controls from the Customize palette to the Navigation Toolbar or to the overflow (>>) area.

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Here are two other options if you don't want to lose toolbar space:

(1) Context menu

Does the editor support the right-click context menu? Cut, Copy, and Paste are available in the version of the context menu displayed in form fields and editable regions (otherwise, just Copy).

Note: If the site replaces the right-click context menu with its own menu, hold Shift while right-clicking to get Firefox's built-in menu.

(2) Menu bar

The classic top menu bar's Edit menu has Cut, Copy and Paste. If you don't want to display the menu bar persistently, you can open the Edit menu when needed using Alt+E. Assuming the web app hasn't take that away as well.

Modified by jscher2000 - Support Volunteer

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@jscher2000

The right click menu with shift held down doesn't have cut/copy/paste controls.

Alt is also being redirected to the VT100 terminal emulator on the page.

@cor-el

That does work... but boy oh boy does it take up a LOT of toolbar space...

It really should just be a menu item in the "hamburger" menu on the top right.

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> The right click menu with shift held down doesn't have cut/copy/paste controls.

They should be available in form fields and editable regions. The design of that page may be such that a script-managed area intercepts input rather than allowing you to directly right-click on a form field or editable region.

> it take up a LOT of toolbar space

If you don't mind an extra click, you can move it to the Overflow list (on the right side of Customize).

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It's a Java Script VT100 terminal window, so it's not technically an "editable text field".


That's a good suggestion with the overflow menu. I might do that to save toolbar space.

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