My customer is complaining that SharePoint's built-in Rich Text Editor's paste button is disabled and copying/pasting only works via keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V.

This happens on Chrome, Firefox and Edge browsers. However, on Internet Explorer the paste button works correctly.

I am quite sure that this is a known issue, and there is nothing that could be done to fix it (please correct me if I am wrong).

However, I have tried to search the internet for a definitive article explaining the problem. I could then show/quote this article to my customer, and have her then accept the current situation.

My question is:

Do you have any good pointers to articles/web sites that would explain the reason(s) for this problem:

Why the paste button works in IE, and why is it disabled in other browsers?

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Some functions are only available in IE. The best way to do it right now is copying/pasting via keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V.

Some functionality in SharePoint Server requires ActiveX controls. This produces limitations on browsers which do not support ActiveX. Currently only 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer support this functionality.



Your browser doesn’t allow clipboard access [FAST FIX] for your reference:


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