Copy & Paste is tempermental
Users reporting multiple copy/paste issues for text:
Can't paste multi-messages. Often, only the first line pastes, the rest disappear. As one user puts it: "On the Windows 10 desktop client it is nearly impossible to copy multiple messages from the chat history. A fraction of a second after letting go of the mouse, the highlight collapses down to a single message."
Can't paste in general: "Copy & Paste is tempermental, when i try to paste text in from other sources it simply doesn't paste, but then if I only copy a few (3-6) words then it does. It means I can't do something as simple as pasting in a paragraph from an email, which I can definitely do in Skype for Business."
Can't copy/paste from Skype for Business.
When using an alternate theme like dark theme, copying messages out of Teams brings its background with it, meaning if you paste it somewhere else it has that dark gray background.
When copying something into teams, it preserves its original font color on top of the dark background, causing problems with visibility. If you are going to allow palette swapping themes, please add appropriate measures for text copied out of or into the app.
Feature request is still being worked upon.
Today I spent about 30 minutes online with Microsoft support. The highlight and then right click to copy or cut is temperamental. One minute it works, the next minute it doesn't. I have Microsoft 365. I've never ever had this issue before. Is this because of some recent software update? It's maddening and wastes a lot of time. The problem was not resolved.
I am not trying to copy and paste in "teams" whatever that is just moving files from my Camera/ Video camera to a file and between files in file explorer.... working fine for tears until this week
I have done a complete system restore and tried a number of other fixes as recommended (and shown on You Tube). It seems to work once then problem returns. I can use control c and V but not right click . Very frustrating
Copying from Teams to x is the problem. Any progress on this? It's so annoy as basically every aspect is broken (formatting including theme depended colours are copied, multiple messages can't be marked, sometime UI elements interfere with marking text, ...)
Joel Vanderveen commented
The main thing about pasting that doesn't work is images. When I copy an image from a webpage, (r-click, copy image) then paste using Ctrl+V - it doesn't paste anything. I have to hit the Ctrl+V 3-4 times. After that it will paste into the chat window multiple times, and still wont show up to the recipient after sending
In this scenario, I have a conversation that's quite long and I need to copy and paste it into my notes. Only I select the text needed and it de-selects before I can CTRL + C. Meaning I cannot copy and paste into my notes, meaning I have to take the conversation note by note to a different application. If you must, ex. for legal reasons, take notes from conversations, Teams is difficult to use. Is there a fix for this?
Paste from Excel too OneNote wastes hours of my time every week. I have all of the column widths and such looking perfect in Excel, copy and paste them with keep source formatting and I have to do it all over again. Why not use a picture or use OneNote's insert Excel? Because one of the columns has embedded links and they don't work unless I cut and paste. Unfortunately, this is what I've come to expect from MS products, they get you 90% there and then drop you into a morass of online forums and workarounds not to mention the insipid KB articles written with tantalizing titles and containing not much more than a topical treatment of the issue and a link to some general information.
Should be able to copy and paste message threads from Teams into email easily.
Matt Shafer commented
@Warren. I'm going to try to stay out of the flame war here, but this is a real problem in production. Teams is inconsistent at best when it comes to pasting content into a chat. I often see this when trying to paste an image that I've grabbed with SnagIt and I'm trying to show a user how to do something. I need to save as a file and attach it instead of just dropping it in-line to the chat. I hope that helps narrow the use case.
Sometimes it looks like an image was added to the chat, but comes up as a blank square to me... in those cases the other user can sometimes see the message, and then it comes up several minutes later on my side. Scenario here is it appears to paste into the chat normally, but after sending the message the behavior mentioned occurs.
Everyone Loves this tools, but these are the kinds of annoyances that will erode confidence over time. Thanks for all you guys do!
When I copy from excel TO ANOTHER PROGRAM such as outlook, word, etc. I can paste a picture or or paste keep text only. I am not copying as a picture. It is no longer letting me keep source formatting or use destination formatting or do the same with links. When I click any paste alternative other than paste as picture or keep text only nothing shows up. This problem will destroy my productivity. I have been reading forums and suggestions. Thus far none of them have resolved the fact that I can no longer paste and use destination styles.
The only other new copy related problem, I noticed recently WITHIN excel is that it became temperamental when I cut and insert cut cells. I am also a heavy user of this. I can conclusively say that the problem is not because I am in the wrong column or cell when I click to insert copied cells. So that recommendation will not apply to my situation. The difference between the paste scenario above and this on is that I can eventually paste the cut cells ok.
Resolution to the inability to paste with destination formatting is appreciated. It is a biggie in my world.
Berney Villers commented
Please do not make the mistake of thinking that you corrected this in production! You should try copying an image from Microsoft Edge and pasting it into Teams! It almost never works, but does work if you copy from edge, paste into paint, copy from paint and then paste into Teams. Something is wonky with the Edge-->Teams image pasting.
John Black commented
Thanks for the update, Warren. I hope one of the approaches the engineers are considering is simply pasting *less* metadata.
99% of the time I don't need to retain fonts/colors/backgrounds or exact spacing. I just need to carry over the fact that some words were bold, underline, or bulleted (and even then, please just use Team's default bullet alignment.) In other words, **don't take the source formatting too seriously.**
MS Word does a great job of this in "merge formatting" mode.
T Stevens commented
The issue is not that users are unable to copy from other sources into Teams, that works fine. It is just nearly impossible to copy text FROM TEAMS into another teams chat or any other source. You have to be extremely precise to copy just one line of text, and multiple messages are impossible to copy.
T Stevens commented
ETA on copy and paste feature fix/update in Teams?
Not being able to paste into a text window is quite unique. Why remove this normal option that Skype used to provide? Why would this obviously necessary feature even need a vote?
I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to not be able to paste text into PowerPoint. The only way I have found to paste is to first paste text into a plain text document then copy it and paste into PPT. This is ridiculous. How can such an elementary function continue to fail?
Dermod Wood commented
Mac Skype version 188.8.131.52
Calling version 2018.18.01.11
No longer able to paste a phone number into the dialer
Mason Foley commented
Feature request? Isn't this a bug?
Used to be able to copy/paste 100s/1000s of lines with skype, now teams barely handles 100-200 lines of pasting
I use OneNote in the field to create reports, For some reason you can’t save OneNote docs as a Word document. So I Am forced to copy my OneNote report then paste it in Word. The problem I run into is then the pictures are much darker in Word, which now I have to edit each picture to change the light and the color so that it can be seen they way it was in my original report on my OneNote. This takes a great deal of time. Is there a remedy? And why can’t OneNote just save it as a word document to begin with and not change my photos?