This may be an issue with my browser and operating system rather than an issue with Stack Overflow, but for some reason I can't use Command-C or Command-V for copy-and-paste operations when I compose questions and answers in Firefox 5.0 on Mac OS X (copy-and-paste operations work fine in comments, though). Interestingly enough, when I press Command-V I get the text `enter code here` instead of the content of my clipboard. (Note that CTRL-C and CTRL-V work properly in Firefox 5.0 on Windows XP.)

Has anyone else run into this? Is there an easy way to fix it?

  • Works fine for me in FF 5.0 on Win7 x64.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jul 7, 2011 at 23:28
  • @Jon Yeah, me too (well, FF 5.0 on WinXP). The problem occurs on OS X. Jul 7, 2011 at 23:31
  • Okay. Just making sure the issue is isolated. Thanks.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jul 7, 2011 at 23:33
  • Does it happen only in Firefox, or Safari too?
    – Tim Stone
    Jul 16, 2011 at 20:18
  • I can't reproduce this on my machine. 10.7, FF 5.0.1. Try updating Firefox, and make sure you aren't using any extensions or anything that would change shortcuts (change the browser's cmd-v and cmd-c shortcuts, or change SO's code shortcut (cmd-k by default).
    – Nathan G.
    Jul 16, 2011 at 20:26
  • I can't reproduce this. I'm using FF 5.0.1 OSX 10.6.8. I'm able to copy and paste into the answer box, or the new question input box.
    – Jin
    Jul 16, 2011 at 20:43
  • @Tim I've only noticed it in Firefox. Jul 16, 2011 at 21:22
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    @Nathan Now that you mention it, this may have something to do with the fact that I'm using the Dvorak keyboard layout (which maps 'k' to the Qwerty 'v'. Yup, that's exactly what it is). Jul 16, 2011 at 21:23

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This problem appears to be caused by the Dvorak keyboard layout. Until someone figures out a better solution, I'll just switch back to a Qwerty keyboard layout whenever I want to paste something into a question or answer.

  • I think it would be a lot easier to just go to the Edit menu or right-click than to switch layouts each time, but up to you :-)
    – Nathan G.
    Jul 16, 2011 at 21:28
  • I use a dvorak keyboard layout (Win 7) and have no issue with copying (ie, hitting the key labeled "I" on my keyboard) or pasting (ie, hitting key labeled "." on my keyboard). That's messed up. Jul 16, 2011 at 21:31
  • @Nathan I use my MacBook's trackpad exclusively, and while I can right-click it's a bit cumbersome to do so. In general, I prefer keyboard shortcuts over menus, and I can simply switch keyboard layouts by pressing Command-Space. Jul 16, 2011 at 21:32
  • @Rebecca Tell me about it. I think part of the problem is that Apple's default Dvorak layout actually keeps the Qwerty command keys, so that even while I'm typing in Dvorak I can use Command-C and Command-V just like I would on a Qwerty keyboard. That being said, I find it odd that I can paste into comments just fineā€”it's the question and answer fields that are giving me problems. Jul 16, 2011 at 21:33

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