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Can't quote or paste? or Can't edit a new post? Here's how

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Two different problems:

1) If you have a newer browser (I know it's a problem right now in IE 11), you might not be able to copy/paste in a message board reply.

The solution is: click in the reply window, then click on the tool icon that looks like a grey light switch, it's the very first one. This will toggle between text and html mode. If you now go up to a post you want to quote, it will now appear in the reply window. Or you can now paste into your reply. You can toggle back to html mode if you want to use the other tools like underline or bold.

2) If you just posted a reply, you might not be able to edit it immediately.

The solution is: I didn't think until just now to first try the tip above (toggle between text and html mode). Otherwise, click "View New Content" in the upper right, find and go to the message thread you just posted in, and now you can edit your reply.

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Two different problems:

1) If you have a newer browser (I know it's a problem right now in IE 11), you might not be able to copy/paste in a message board reply.

The solution is: click in the reply window, then click on the tool icon that looks like a grey light switch, it's the very first one. This will toggle between text and html mode. If you now go up to a post you want to quote, it will now appear in the reply window. Or you can now paste into your reply. You can toggle back to html mode if you want to use the other tools like underline or bold.

2) If you just posted a reply, you might not be able to edit it immediately.

The solution is: I didn't think until just now to first try the tip above (toggle between text and html mode). Otherwise, click "View New Content" in the upper right, find and go to the message thread you just posted in, and now you can edit your reply.

Thanks!

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I wish I'd read this earlier! I was having the same problem, couldn't paste anything into a new discussion or a reply, couldn't figure it out. Just had a discussion with Dave, and he suggested this very fix, which worked just fine. He asked me to post it, so I went into this forum, and discovered (too late) that Masteff had been kind enough to post the solution. So thanks, even if I read it too late!!

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It's a problem for me, too, with the latest version of Mozilla Firefox (v.29, on Windows 7). My right-click menu doesn't have a Paste option on it, the way it usually does when I right-click inside an input field on forms on other web pages. Instead, the right-click menu is the same one that appears when I right-click on any part of a standard web page.

Instead of using right-click, though, I am able to paste by hitting Control-V. But the Control-V alternative wasn't working for Belgarath, who is using Internet Explorer.

I was able to confirm that the issue arises from the way the window is being created "on-the-fly" by Javascript. In a sense, the windows isn't "there" in the HTML of the web page, until Javascript draws it. If I change my browser's settings so that Javascript is disabled, the message board software falls back to displaying a nice, simple window into which I can paste using the usual right-click (or control-V) technique. Nowadays most web sites use Javascript for navigation and all sorts of functionality, so disabling Javascript completely isn't a good solution.

I like the idea of using the top-left-icon in order to temporarily switch off the formatting functionality (bold, italic, etc.), then paste, then turn it back on (if I want to make certain words bold, etc.). Thanks!

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