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.
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 126.96.36.199
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?
Steve R. commented
I am in the middle of migrating companies and have countless skype chats/meetings daily! This is the most ridiculous unbelievable thing - how can Microsoft not allow or figure out how to copy from skype and paste into onenote, excel, word, notepad, etc.. Users are forced to spend un-godly amounts of money for products that just plain don't work on the simplest of tasks. As mentioned - basic functionality that is essential to have no matter sales, tech, hr, etc.. Seriously over Microsoft products not working day-in-out!
I need to be able to copy a full swath of a conversation (attachments, pictures and all) from one conversation to another, or to a document.
I can do only one reply at a time. This is inacceptable.
James O commented
Maybe I missed it, but I don't see anything about copying or "S4B" in the convergence summary link that was shared by Warren yesterday. Is that "Teams-SfB 1:1 Chat Interop"? If so, that's in the "available today" column.
Steve Minar commented
I did a little more testing on Copying images from desktop teams. I see failures when trying to copy images from a chat with one person on both Mac and Windows. I have successful copies from some Chats and some Channel conversations, including images that were added by the person where I have failures. The failed-to-copy images copy correctly from online Teams.
Steve Minar commented
Copy Image from a chat conversation doesn't work in Teams Desktop on either Windows or Mac (latest versions as of 02/22/2018). If you right click for the context menu, it shows a "Copy Image" button. If you click the button, it seems like something is added to the clipboard, but it's not a well-formed image as I can't paste it into Teams, Word, OneNote, Evernote, etc.
Copy Image works fine in the Online Version of Teams (I only tested under Chrome on the Mac)
Boris Dongarov commented
There is one way to copy multiple messages in Teams that OFTEN works.
1 Select multiple messages with left mouse button.
2 While still holding left mouse button down, click right button
3 The messages at this point should be still selected and the context menu should appear. If it didn't happen, start again from p.1.
4. While still holding left mouse button down, click Copy from the context menu with the Right mouse button.
This is why I hate using the Teams messaging instead of Skype.
In skype you can copy portions of your conversation with a click and drag across your messages and the responses from other participants in the chat and the timestamps copy as well. In Teams....you have to copy message by message OR you have to CNTRL + A/ +C and copy everything from the beginning of time.
Get it together, microsoft.
YOUR COPY PASTE FUNCTION SUCKS
When pasting, the default behavior should be to paste as PLAIN text, not styled text, in my opinion. I've watched several other people use their computer and they suffer difficulties using copy and paste, because 90% of the time, they simply want to copy and paste some text, but the styling/formatting messes them up, and they end up with broken or mismatching text styles in Teams, MS Word, and OneNote, or they end up clicking a lot of things to repair the styling. Please make the default behavior to paste as PLAIN text -- it would help a lot of people. However, copy and paste with styled/formatted text is also a necessary feature, so I suggest adding both styled and plain-text copy and paste commands to context menus.
For #4, I began experiencing this issue this morning, copying text into teams and receiving white text highlighted in white, but found that if I right click and select copy rather than using ctrl+c, it stops doing that. I can then still use ctrl+v to paste unaffected. Very strange.