The only way I have found to copy emails from the Windows 8 metro style email client is to right click and then click print and print to the Microsoft XPS Document writer. That creates a file which can be read in the Reader app.
I use a mouse by the way.
I just created an account specially to post this as it's been driving me NUTS.
Fresh install, Windows 8 x64. Athlon Phenom II x4, admin account. Do these steps EXACTLY.
1) Open Notepad
2) Highlight text in this browser window.
3) Execute "Copy" operation (menu or Ctrl+C, doesn't matter).
4) Switch to Notepad (clicking or Alt+Tab)
5) Execute "Paste" operation. See it work.
6) Execute "Paste" operation. See it work again.
7) Repeat until convinced.
8) Right-click to bring up menu.
9) See "Paste" text is not greyed out.
10) Click on Paste again or click in the window to close the menu.
11) Press a cursor key
12) Execute "Paste" operation. See it does nothing.
13) Bring up the menu (Right-click). See "Paste" is now greyed out.
14) Swear at Microsoft.
15) Repeat (14) until feeling better.
This is 100% repeatable on this machine.
It's truly incredible, but pressing a cursor key under Windows 8 clears the Clipboard of text.
I wouldn't believe it myself if it hadn't happened to me - how such a big bug can still be in this OS and not patched. I suspect it may be called a "feature" but I can't imagine what its purpose could be!
edit: I just found out something.
This behaviour only occurs when Num-Lock is on! Turn Num-lock off and see copy/paste work again! *headdesk*.
Nope, nothing like that. It's a pretty clean install. I haven't installed much at all.
Do you want any more system info? I'll test it on another Windows 8 machine in the office.
Edit: It works fine on the other machine, which is rather older. Still Windows 8 x64, but on a dual core previous generation Athlon X2 I believe.
I made a video of the problem on my machine. Excuse the quality, it was just quickly done with my phone...
My keyboard goes through a Belkin PS/2 KVM - I don't know if that would make a difference... I'll try without it.
FWIW, all my copy and paste bugs have gone. I use Windows 8 on my laptop and main computer at home
JeffNolan and blowdart - You guys have rescued me from a ton of frustration. I've had a new Sony Vaio Pro 13 Ultrabook and it's been great... except for this copy/paste issue. It's been making me nuts. Disabling Send to Bluetooth Add-in in Outlook appears to have done the trick. Thanks guys.
@blowdart: Just wanted to thank you guys. You've really saved my day. Copy-paste is now working correctly again. Although I encountered an additional problem: I could not eliminate the Send-to-bluetooth COM because I kept getting a message to the tune of "you don't have administrative rights". The crazy thing is that I'm using my administrator account, and I verified that the account is OK. I even created another administrator account, from which I tried to do the same with exactly the same error message. I finally got fed up of all this MicroShit mess and devised a simple workaround: I changed the name of btmoffice.dll to btmoffice-ORIGINAL.dll (just in case I need this in the future), then created an empty text file which I renamed as btmoffice.dll, and then moved it to the folder. Outlook and other applications that use this file open up correctly (no error messages), and the copy-paste is now working again.
I don't expect to use Bluetooth on my PC, but if I ever do, I'll simply have to momentarily revert my workaround.
Once again, my extreme gratitude for offering the solution to this idiotic mess that MicroShit has created and has been ignoring.
BTW, I'm so fed up of the mess that has been imposed on us with that crappy, bloated, NSI (Nursery Style Interface), so called "disoperating" system that is called Windows 8, that I'm now going to use my old PC to start testing and learning Ubuntu and Mint. I'm fed up wasting my time, my money and my LIFE on anything that comes from MicroShit. Sorry I wrote this in this thread, but I just had to get it out.
@IanHinton: blowdart works at Microsoft, so your post will be interpreted as rude, so next time blowdart will let you suffer, because one minute you are caustic about Sony, the next caustic about Microsoft.
It is people like you that ensure that when people are stuck or have a problem, they get no replies or help.
I am struggling not to stoop down to your level, and start using offensive language. What an ungrateful person!
Funnily enough, I don't know anyone that's actually stuck with that mentality I know of two separate people who swore off Windows as evil, etc. and bought brand new (extremely expensive, although that's redundant) Macs, and within a month they were back on Windows talking about how awful Macs were. They thought Macs would be like the same as the Windows UI, except able to read their minds and intuit exactly what they wanted without having to do anything.
Turns out different operating systems behave differently! Who knew
Same problem with cut and paste.
Additional details: the error in copying is inconsistent. For example, in some cases it will copy an email address from the Chrome browser to a Notepad text editor, but then it would not copy to Outlook program, as if it got erased from the cache. Another example - in some cases CTRL+C works, but the Right click and Copy does not work.
Another interesting detail: once you copy something and you know it worked, because you were able to paste it elsewhere, it should stay in the memory or be replaced by a new copy action, right? Well, sometimes, when I copy something the second time and try to paste it does not work, but the previous memory is cleared. I thought, may be it fails to copy as text and tried to paste it even into a Paint editor, thinking that it it copied text as image, but that did not work either, nothing was in the memory, as if I never copied anything.
System: Win8 x64 on Dell XPS12