Copy and paste from emails
August 28, 2019 at 11:33 am #36100ParticipantLes.@oldles
This may not be specific to linux, but since I use Mint (19.2), I will ask here.
I am a member of various email lists, and if some useful info is included in an email, I (used to) select the text of interest, ctrl-C, open Writer, then CTRL-V to get it into a document. Recently, however, it has not worked. Other than doing a screen shot, then using an OCR prog, does anybody have a solution to this?
August 28, 2019 at 12:35 pm #36103ModeratorDave Rice@ricedgForumite Points: 7,548
Is it Thunderbird? Just tried it in TB in W10 and it works just fine.00August 28, 2019 at 1:14 pm #36105ParticipantJayCeeDee@jayceedeeForumite Points: 4,033
Again on Thunderbird on W10 – I use that a fair bit, usually on Customer service emails – I copy and paste their promises from their emails and let them know it hasn’t happened!!
Last tried a couple of days ago. No problem. Works OK today too.00August 28, 2019 at 2:43 pm #36107
You won’t believe this. I went to the same email which would not copy two days ago, or this morning before I posted the above.
It works for you, but it does not work for me, lateral thinking time.
For the FIRST TIME EVER, I opened Libre Office’s “Impress” as I guess it is different to Writer, but capable of holding text (maybe). I selected just the first line of the mail **, ctrl-C then in the Impress box, ctrl-V. There it was.
I deleted it, selected ALL the wanted email text, and again transferred it to Impress, and there it was.
Now for more lateral thinking. Open Writer, ctrl-V, and there it is again.
I still don’t know if it is “just working” once more by coincidence, or if opening Impress was relevant. No doubt I will find out in due course, but for now it is working.
** The reason I only tried one line is that there have been occasions when copying a whole article would not work, but a paragraph might, but sometimes only sentence by sentence.
Still time to edit. I saved my Writer document and closed it. I then returned to the Impress item, selected all except the first line (to ensure the original not in memory still), opened Writer, ctrl-V, and NOTHING happened. More to think about, not sure any of it makes sense.00August 28, 2019 at 8:08 pm #36113ParticipantEd P@edpsForumite Points: 13,295
Random email TBird under Ubuntu, copy &paste of multiple lines to Libre Office worked without issue.
One quirk I have noticed is that Linux sometimes clears the copy cache if you have closed the originating document. The latter does not seem consistent but I have never investigated the parameters.00August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm #36115
Edp, I have not tried any more yet, but do have some more emailed stuff to copy and save.
I learned about the loss of copied data if you close the originating source a long time ago. I do a lot of copying and pasting when I create certain drawings, so I have an almost automatic routine of ctrl-c alt-tab ctrl-V alt-tab to move back and forth when just copying individual elements from drawing to drawing.
Les.00August 28, 2019 at 8:49 pm #36116ModeratorDave Rice@ricedgForumite Points: 7,548
Rather than ctrl-c, does a right click on the selection bring up a context menu with copy on it?00August 29, 2019 at 9:56 am #36153
Dave, yes, tried that as well. In Terminal, only rt click – menu works. For years I only knew of that, before I discovered ctrl-(loads of things). I have not got my printer properly installed (should use the HP-Linux drivers), just the default stuff. certain items (pdfs opened in the default prog I think) will not bring up printer. However I find ctrl-p allows me simple printing. Similarly because not HP drivers, my scanner is not recognised by PC, so I go in via Firefox, 192.168. etc. and use the PSC’s inbuilt stuff.
Every year I learn at least one new dodge!
I have some more stuff to copy/paste later if time allows, so I will do more experimenting.
Cheers, Les.00August 29, 2019 at 11:28 am #36154ParticipantEd P@edpsForumite Points: 13,295
In a terminal use SHIFT Ctl V to paste and SHIFT Ctl C to copy.00August 29, 2019 at 4:49 pm #36164
Edp, if I can remember that, it will be another instruction learned this year!
Cheers, Les.00August 31, 2019 at 9:52 am #36269ParticipantD-Dan@d-danForumite Points: 2,395
Try using a clipboard manager (https://www.tecmint.com/best-clipboard-managers-for-linux/ for a selection), that way, you can see what exactly has been copied.
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