How do I copy and paste in Web...

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How do I copy text in the Preview pane of the Web Editor?

I know, that's a question so simple it almost sounds crazy, right? I can't figure out how to do it. When I open up an .html file, or when I use the handle sample file that comes with Web Editor, I can highlight text, I can type new text, I can delete text, I can even paste text. But my "Edit" menu shows "Copy" greyed out. ("Cut" is also greyed out.)

I can go to a different program (TextEdit, Safari, Firefox, MS Word, whatever), highlight text, Edit -> Copy, and then go into Web Editor, position my cursor, and Edit -> Paste. No problem. My computer's clipboard is working just fine, but it's only working one way. HUH?

YouTube video of my problem here (private link): https://youtu.be/WZlyC4058aI

Specs: MacBook Air, Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, 4GB RAM, Web Editor 2.0 build 2836.
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I'm not using Web editor, but what happens if you preview the page you're working on? Can you copy from the preview?
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Inger wrote:
I'm not using Web editor, but what happens if you preview the page you're working on? Can you copy from the preview?


Hi! Thanks for chiming in! Good thought, but no. I can't select and copy text from either edit mode or preview mode. Yet I can paste text at all times. I am BAFFLED that paste from clipboard works, yet copy to clipboard doesn't work. I didn't even think that was something individual programs controlled; I thought Mac OS X handled that by itself.

Screenshot just now of the Coffee Cup sample HTML file (included with Web Editor). I have highlit the green text, yet I can't copy (or cut) it:

http://i.imgur.com/pNi5bcb.png
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Hi Arthur, have you tried using cmd + c to copy?


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