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I'm trying to copy or paste some text, in Chrome, on Google Docs, and getting this error:

your browser does not allow access to your computer's clipboard

How to resolve it for Chrome (this seems to be a resolution for Firefox)?

(The reason I posted here is that this only happens to me on my linux/ubuntu - not on Windows)

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Try this: copy the text to the clipboard as usual, and then use the shortcut shift+insert to paste it into Google Docs. Or ctrl+v.

There is another option: in Linux you can make a "special" kind of copy (it has a name, but I forgot it) by just highlighting the text and then using the middle mouse button to paste it. I'm quite used to it, because I usually work only on Linux, and I miss it when I have to use Windows :-)

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Right now I'm trying to copy from Google Docs, which doesn't seem to work. – ripper234 Apr 12 '11 at 19:22
Strange. I've tried just now, selecting some text in Google Docs (using Chromium, the open source version of Chrome), pressing ctrl+c to copy and then using shift+insert in a terminal to paste it, and it worked. Does this work for you? – rsuarez Apr 13 '11 at 8:14
Hmm. It works from my desktop, but when I tried it yesterday from my laptop it didn't. I don't know what the difference is, both should be nigh-identical machines, OS wise. – ripper234 Apr 13 '11 at 8:52

A problem that I have only experienced with my new PC with Windows 10. However, just found a solution on a German Website, that for the moment is working for me. Go Ctr+Shift+N for an incognito page ... if Copy Paste works here then try deactivating some of your extensions. Hope it works for you too.

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