Chrome Mac is a bit dodgy, I can not use copy/paste function from time to time, both Cmd ⌘ C and right-click menu. I must reopen it to enable copy/paste again.

OS X version is 10.10.3, Chrome version is 41.0.2272.118

Firefox and Safari do not have such problem.

  • reopen or reload ?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 3:40
  • I meant the whole application can not copy paste, all pages. Reload can not fix this. Must reopen it.
    – sanigo
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 3:42
  • Dear @sanigo, first of all, pls, read this: apple.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask Then, pls, add versions of Mac OS and Chrome. Do you have any specific apps working with keyboard, i.e. Typinator etc. which may interfere with cmd+C? Does your problem appears on any specific pages? Some of them might block copy/paste functionality. Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 3:43
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    Hi, Any news on this issue ? I experience the same problem and it is really annoying...
    – SJU
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 14:42
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    Now I feel better to know that I am not the only this issue facer.
    – sanigo
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 9:28

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This seems to have been a problem for a L-O-N-G time now. Here is a issue from 2009: Copy and paste issues on google crome

While I am not a fan of Safari and I really hate FF, I found Chrome fast but full of issues. My fix? Opera.

It's not great, but it seems to be the best that we've got at present. I am using it exclusively across platforms - OS X, Linux and Windows 7 - and it is very stable.

It's based on the Chrome engine, but doesn't seem to have the issues Chrome has. For example, I have yet to deal with the Cut/Paste issue on OS X 10.10 and Opera.

  • Well, actually there's another story's being told here: discussions.apple.com/thread/7679531
    – poige
    Commented Oct 4, 2017 at 18:00
  • @poige - You do realize this answer was from 2015 and Sierra wasn't released until 2016, right? That's now a new and different issue
    – Allan
    Commented Oct 4, 2017 at 19:50
  • \@… I do realize that people who would start having issues now can find this topic and that's why it's better if they would realize it can be different sort of issue
    – poige
    Commented Oct 4, 2017 at 20:24
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    That's like saying my car's tire is going flat when its cold, so I just got a new car.
    – Zlatty
    Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 15:12
  • Still getting this issue in 2020...Unpredictability is driving me mad. Copy/Paste is a crucial function in browser usage. Can't fail on that. Would be interested to try some other Chromium based browsers that do not have this issue.
    – King Holly
    Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 22:24

Only thing I found is to quit and restart Chrome.

  • ✅this solution worked for me Commented Aug 5, 2018 at 15:54

I have the same problem with a copy and paste operating in Chrome, but it only happens from time to time, which makes it all the more frustrating... namely, its unpredictability.

I have found one solution that solves the problem quite consistently, it is called Firefox.

  • I'm not sure why all the down votes if another browser doesn't spoil copy paste. I get not everyone would switch browsers, but if you know it's specific to one application - you can focus on Chrome settings or an update to fix it.
    – bmike
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 17:19
  • Already switched to ff for my main work. But sometimes I have to test things on Chrome--what a pain that pasting doesn't work!
    – SMBiggs
    Commented Apr 2, 2019 at 0:49

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