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No More Copy and Paste?

I just noticed that I can no longer copy and paste text on CH. I am using IE 6.

In the past, I would go to a thread like this one:

Being interested in the suggested places, I would then click and highlight the relevant text (in this case, the address) and then Ctrl + C the highlighted text. I'd then open another browser window, go to a search engine (Google) and then Shift + Insert which would paste the text into the search field, which I could then search on (often looking for either a website or a map to the location).

Now I am unable to click on and highlight the desired text, which means that if I want to map the location of the most recent addition to the thread (Peacock Donuts) I have to go back and forth between two browser windows, as I type the relevant information into a search engine.

Has this option been intentionally removed? Or is this a bug? If the former, please bring back the option. If the latter, please fix.

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  1. I'm fairly sure Copy and Paste is managed by your browser, not the website. As long as you're not trying to copy and paste from an image, you should be able to copy and paste from almost any document or webpage.

    I just tried to copy and paste on that page, and it worked fine for me.

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    1. re: Chris VR

      What browser are you using?

      I'm able to copy/paste from other sites (CNN.com, NYTimes.com, etc.) but not from ChowHound.com.

      1. re: ElsieDee

        I'm on a Mac running Camino. I don't have IE installed but I tried it with Firefox and Safari and it worked with both. Maybe it's a Mac vs. PC thing?

        1. re: Chris VR

          Just tried with a different Mac, IE 5.2 (ancient, I know) and it works.

      2. re: Chris VR

        I'm using IE 6.0.2x, and just discovered the Copy and Paste is no longer working for me either. Worked yesterday and before that; doesn't today. Can't copy your post, Chris. But I can copy/paste from Boston.com:

        Storms bring down trees, knock parachuters off course
        A series of fast-moving thunderstorms surged across Massachusetts

        So I don't think it's browser-related - seems to be CH-related.

      3. ElsieDee, I'm having the same problem with the same browser.
        I can no longer highlight text to copy and paste. When I put the cursor on a post, click and drag, nothing happens.
        However, I can do it with this box as I am writing...just not with anything that has already been written and posted.

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        1. re: QueenB

          Yes, I can copy/paste while typing, but not once it's been posted.

          I'm wondering if this is another specifically IE 6 issue (similar to the slow-loading problems) - it's cropped up since the upgrade last Friday.

          1. re: ElsieDee

            Most likely, as I can copy/paste using Firefox at home, but not at work with IE 6.

        2. Just a few minutes ago, I ended up selecting all of the page that included Grandma's Orange cake recipe, pasting the whole thing on Word Perfect and then deleting all but the recipe.
          I think the recipe is going to be worth the effort.

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          1. re: shallots

            Yep, I can highlight and copy the whole page (thanks for noting that) but not specific sections of the text. Very unwieldly, though, when I'm just trying to snag an address (though that Orange Cake might well be worth it *grin*).

          2. Not that this helps IE users, but no issues on C&P with Firefox or Safari - just tried from both.

            1. OK - just weighing in (LOL) with my $.02 - IE 6 here and cannot copy and paste.

              1. Ditto, no select, copy and paste. I can copy the whole post, but that is less than ideal. How can I update my personal restaurant list without that functionality?
                Select, copy and paste works for other sites, so it appears to be a chowhound site-specific problem.

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                1. re: Phood

                  My sense is that it's a problem with the site that's affecting only WIndows users who use IE 6.0. Is that right?

                  1. re: Chris VR

                    I'm using IE 6.0 and have not been able to cut and paste for a couple of days now.

                2. No cut-and-paste/copy happening here either. Loads of blinking cursors (and non-blinking) left behind with every letter while trying to write a post. Very, very messed up. IE6 user and certifiable geek.

                  1. I'm fairly sure Copy and Paste is managed by your browser, not the website. As long as you're not trying to copy and paste from an image, you should be able to copy and paste from almost any document or webpage.----

                    Works with IE 7

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                    1. re: hannaone

                      The only website from which I cannot copy and paste is CH - no problems elsewhere, and this is a relatively new problem for me.

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        LoL, That was a test copy of an upthread post.

                        1. re: hannaone

                          Not sure I understand your post. But, this morning I can highlight, copy and paste an entire post - ie, including the username, date etc., but not just the text that I want to copy.

                          1. re: MMRuth

                            re: hannaone MMRuth Jul 09, 2007
                            Not sure I understand your post. But, this morning I can highlight, copy and paste an entire post - ie, including the username, date etc., but not just the text that I want to copy.

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                            MMRuth Jul 09, 2007 07:05AM
                            I've also been able to do the same thing, Ruth - but it's a bit of a pain to have to strip out the stuff you don't want - especially if you're c/p from a VERY long post. Sometimes all you want is one sentence or a phrase from a post to refer back to.

                    2. It looks to me (from this small sampling) that this copy/paste issue is happening to the IE 6 users - and it seems to also be the IE 6 users that are having the slow load problems, too.

                      Based on that, my guess is that there's a conflict in the CH coding (as it's read by the IE 6 brower) associated with the changes that happened when the new "Search" and "Places" stuff was implemented.

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                      1. re: ElsieDee

                        Yup - this is me, too, and all of the above problems. IE6 user. I like to highlight a word in a post that I either don't understand or want more info on then go to my online encyclopedia, which opens in another window. Can't do that now. : (

                      2. It's not strictly speaking a copy issue, it's a select issue.

                        Using IE 6.0.2900.2180.xpsp_sp2_qfe.070227-2300, I can Select All and copy.

                        I can also triple-click to select a whole post, and Ctrl-C (but not right-click) to copy.

                        What I can't do is click and drag to select.

                        One more reason to use Firefox.

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                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          Yes - that's exactly right - that is the problem I'm having.

                          1. re: MMRuth

                            Me too - have noticed it since the "link a place" was added.....

                        2. The odd thing about this is that I've always had trouble with copy and paste in Firefox. It would eventually work, but I'd often have to try 2 or 3 times. Now it's working better in Firefox, but I can see the problems you're reporting in IE.

                          1. Any more updates with the copy/paste issue in IE 6?

                            1. Highlight/Copy is one of the most important tools for CH. Can this be fixed and when?

                              1. Is it me, or have the Tech Hounds not acknowledged this issue? I don't see a posting from the systems people.

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                                1. re: Phood

                                  Sorry, yes, ticket has been raised to Engineering.

                                  But for future reference, please don't assume that just because no one from Engineering or I have posted in the thread that we don't know about or acknowledge the problem. I try to respond to most Technical Help threads, but often the same problems are reported in multiple places, or we don't have any additional questions to ask, so we may not respond to every problem report. It doesn't mean we haven't read it, or that we won't fix it.

                                  -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

                                  1. re: Jacquilynne

                                    Thanks for the reassurance. Copy and paste has been a useful tool.
                                    On that note, today I can only select the whole thread (cumbersome) or the screenname of the "re:" person, the person to whom the post is replying. Curiouser and curiouser!

                                    1. re: Phood

                                      How's the fix coming along on this?

                                      Like others on this topic, I used to be able to select the portion I wanted by clicking and dragging, then copy and paste. Then recently for a week plus I could only click twice to select an entire post at a time. But now I can't even select a single post at a time.

                                      It seems I can only select by control A, and if I double click I only select for instance "re: Jacquilynne" above.

                                2. Just adding to the chorus and wondering when it's going to work again. Especially since over the 7 years I've been on this site, this has always functioned fine. I'm not not quite sure why CNET made the decision to disable this function with the recent site changes over the last couple of months.

                                  PS - I also notice that the photo attach is back on, but as someone who took a lot of time to add pics originally, what happens to all the photos that I uploaded - mostly on the Cookbook of the Month threads on the Home Cooking Board - that have been deleted by CNET. Do I need to 'reply' to previous posts and upload again?

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                                  1. re: Rubee

                                    None of the previous photos have been deleted, they should all have reappeared on the threads they were originally posted to when photos were re-enabled. I can click through the photos on your my chow page and still see them on the threads, Rubee.

                                    As for the copy/paste bug--it's just that, a bug, and unfortunately one that's difficult to pin down. No one decided to take the ability to select text on the page away from our IE users, and they're trying to track down what's making it not work but it's a side effect from something else they did, not something they did deliberately, and they haven't figured out what yet.

                                    1. re: Rubee

                                      Rubee - I'd noticed that the photos had disappeared, but reappeared when the engineers posted that the add photo function was working again. I see photos on both your and my posts on this thread, for example:


                                      1. re: MMRuth

                                        Hi MMRuth! How are you, hope your summer's been good.

                                        I wish Jacquilynne was right when she says "none of the previous photos have been deleted". Unfortunately, not true in my case. Although I can see the most recent pics dating back from a couple of months ago - I had many many more that are lost - all my pictures from the "Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet" threads, "Leite's Culinaria", and "Zuni", and many from "Arabesque", for example, are gone.

                                        Jacquilynne, if it helps, here are some examples (I had pictures for every recipe I reviewed on the above threads):






                                        Any way to get these back, or do I need to upload them again?. Thanks.

                                    2. FYI, another person w/ IE 6 and same frustrating problem. Am able to cut and paste in Mozilla.

                                      1. A mystery. I'm using IE7, and highlighting CH text works normally.

                                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                                            This should now be fixed.

                                            It HAS been fixed - THANK YOU, CH Engineering!!!!

                                            1. re: Jacquilynne

                                              Thanks for the update - now works again!

                                              1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                Thanks for letting us know, Jacquilynne, and thank you to the CH Engineering folks for fixing whatever the problem was!

                                                1. re: ElsieDee

                                                  They didn't fill me in on the details, but I can tell you that the words "One of the most ridiculous and obscure IE bugs I've encountered" made their way into the problem ticket at one point. So I'm blaming IE. ;)

                                                2. re: Jacquilynne

                                                  Thanks for letting us know, Jacquilynne, and thank you to the CH Engineering folks for fixing whatever the problem was!

                                                  (Happily copied from ElsieDee's post above)

                                                  1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                    Praise the Lord - and now I can access my online dictionary and encylopedia when I need to double check a word or phrase I question.
                                                    Right. I'm the one who needs all I s dotted and all Ts crossed. Except when I don't.