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Copy/Paste clipboard issues LibreOffice Calc

asked 2019-10-18 13:11:38 +0200

michaels2408 gravatar image

updated 2020-01-13 13:43:10 +0200

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So, i recently upgraded to as the previous version was having the same issues and I was hoping for a fix. Ubuntu 19.10 desktop The copy past appears to be erratic. Sometimes when I select a square it copies it as a bitmap. Sometimes it copies it directly.. Sometimes it fails to copy and pastes the previous selection.

Thoughts? What am I doing wrong?

Thanks, Mike

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Please detail for every kind of copy the source (I guess 6.3) and destination.

m.a.riosv gravatar imagem.a.riosv ( 2019-10-18 16:02:58 +0200 )edit

Sounds like one of those clipboard destroyers (aka "manager") again.

erAck gravatar imageerAck ( 2019-10-18 16:49:20 +0200 )edit

I have a similar issue in Libreoffice Writer. I have to copy some text twice to paste it somewhere else.

ema261989 gravatar imageema261989 ( 2019-10-18 18:47:36 +0200 )edit

m.a.riosv So basically its random. Copying one cell to another in Calc. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Its like the first copy I do sticks and instead of being text or a formula pastes a second time as a graphic.

michaels2408 gravatar imagemichaels2408 ( 2019-10-19 04:42:11 +0200 )edit

I think this has something to do with Ubuntu 19.10 because I am experiencing similar problems, but in other programs more often. LibreOffice: from time to time.

Ljiljan gravatar imageLjiljan ( 2019-11-10 10:26:13 +0200 )edit

I just upgraded to Pop!_OS 19.10 and have encountered this exact issue. I have to cut/copy once, then either undo the cut, or recopy the text a second time, and then it will show up as text instead of as a bitmap. I never had this problem on 19.04.

On top of this, when I try to undo the bitmap copy, LO crashes. Although its document recovery works, it doesn't recover the "cut" text that gets lost as a bitmap, so there is potential for significant data loss for the unsuspecting user if it happens to be a large cut/paste operation.

ayoungethan gravatar imageayoungethan ( 2019-11-11 08:32:38 +0200 )edit

I have the exact same problem with LO Version: Still on Manjaro and Debian, both Gnome. Any one found a solution?

gngui gravatar imagegngui ( 2019-11-11 14:36:27 +0200 )edit

I'm seeing this too in LibreOffice Writer on Ubuntu 19.10. The bug is annoying - I do lots of work in Writer and I copy and paste all the time, so this affects me a lot. I'd love to see it fixed.

medovina gravatar imagemedovina ( 2019-11-11 17:13:32 +0200 )edit

Note that Ubuntu 19.10 includes Mutter 3.34, which has a new clipboard manager:

It seems like that could be related.

medovina gravatar imagemedovina ( 2019-11-11 17:19:00 +0200 )edit

@Ljiljan, could you give an example of another app that's experiencing copy/paste issues on Ubuntu?

Marcus Tomlinson gravatar imageMarcus Tomlinson ( 2019-11-12 10:21:48 +0200 )edit

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answered 2020-01-13 13:57:03 +0200

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updated 2020-03-16 12:30:56 +0200

So to summarize as answer not hidden in the comments, this appears to be a bug in the Mutter compositor's integrated clipboard manager, which is used in Ubuntu 19.04 and other distributions. See

Update 2020-03-16T12:30+01:00:

Citing from the mutter bug:

I can confirm the problem disappears in LibreOffice when I disable the Gnome Clipboard Indicator extension, and reappears when I re-enable the extension.

So disabling the Gnome Clipboard Indicator extension might help some.

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FYI, I'll check Mutter, but the problem only occurs with Libreoffice apps,.

michaels2408 gravatar imagemichaels2408 ( 2020-01-13 18:54:18 +0200 )edit

Check the launchpad and mutter bugs and you'll see it's not only LibreOffice.

erAck gravatar imageerAck ( 2020-01-13 22:51:36 +0200 )edit

I do not have that extension and still I have the problem on LO... what I've been doing is to press Ctrl+C twice every time. The thing is that LO often pastes the previous selection. This problem also happens on other apps, but is much more frequent on LO.

rafaelhlima gravatar imagerafaelhlima ( 2020-05-13 17:16:20 +0200 )edit

I have the same problem in both 19.10 and 20.04 releases. for me too the only workaround is to do the copy action twice. If i need to "cut"... well, i don't. Copy + Copy then paste, then delete the part i needed to cut.

Carlos56 gravatar imageCarlos56 ( 2020-05-25 14:36:16 +0200 )edit

I have also this problems under Windows 10 and now also at LibO version 7.0.4. I have also to use a external clipboard-manager.

PTS205 gravatar imagePTS205 ( 2021-02-08 19:26:34 +0200 )edit

answered 2020-01-15 13:37:18 +0200

secondstriker gravatar image

I had the same issue. Mutter has problems with Xorg. But it works like a charm with Wayland. So if you have copy/paste issue with Libreoffice, you can log in to your ubuntu in Wayland.

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Indeed, that's apparently why I don't encounter it (on Fedora F31) because I use a Wayland session.

erAck gravatar imageerAck ( 2020-02-12 16:49:47 +0200 )edit

answered 2020-06-24 13:10:06 +0200

lua gravatar image

Hi I have install wl-clipboard (available on Muon pack installer) and the problem is solved for me

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answered 2020-05-24 21:24:37 +0200

I tried turning off clipboard managers, and nothing changed. However... When I use keybd commands (CTRL-INSERT) to copy, the paste operation works every time. Same results with Calc, and Writer.

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