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Date: 9/17/13 0:41 AM

I used to be able to copy and paste a picture or article into Word and save it (for instance, a recipe). Now, all of a sudden all I get is a box with a paint brush or something like that. I have copied and pasted articles, pictures, etc. for years without a problem. I have not changed anything on my computer settings.

For instance I found these cute Oreo Frogs on Facebook that I want to make with the grandkids this Friday. I highlighted the recipe and picture, went up to File and clicked print. Nothing happened. So I highlighted the same section, went to Edit and clicked on "copy" then opened up a Word doc. and clicked "Paste." I got the little square. So, I tried right clicking and Print and it would not work.

I used to be able to copy and paste paragraphs on sewing techniques and collect them in Word docs for future reference. Now this has happened.

I saved the picture of the "frog" and named it under "pictures" but it was nowhere to be found. So, saved the recipe and picture in a different title. Finally found just the picture in my Picassa file but would not let me print it. Finally found it under "recently changed" and managed to pull it up under "print preview" -- but it had saved about 50 FB pages from my timeline so had to scroll to the picture and put in the pages in the "selection" area of the print screen -- also had to change to landscape and 125% under the "shrink area" . Also, finally right clicked and sent the picture as an email to myself. Never could get the highlighted section with ingredients and picture to appear anywhere to print.

Does anyone have any idea where I can go to find out what I am doing wrong -- Is this a Windows 7 problem or a Windows Office problem? I've been using computers for years and have even had classes using WordArt to make newsletters with pictures and all kinds of inserts without a problem. Now, it seems that nothing works. I've had my computer checked recently and it is working fine. Hate to have to take it in again for this.

I really would like to add more data to my Sewing Techniques files but instead I have to resort to hand copying everything.

Went back online to a website that I visit for embroidery designs and was able to copy and paste into a word doc. So, apparently it is hit or miss. Am wondering if it has to do with FB, itself. Has anyone tried to print anything that was posted or saved to your timeline. Maybe some sites have some kind of block where you cannot print anything from them and others don't.

Any ideas, anyone?
-- Edited on 9/17/13 0:49 AM --
-- Edited on 9/17/13 1:01 AM --

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Sewn in 2012: 176.212 yds.
2013 Goal: 400 yds (again)
Total sewn in 2013 -- 225.848 yds.
Total yards in inventory 1/1/14 -- 1752.5
Goal for 2014 -- 400 yards (for the third time)

Machines: Designer Diamond, #1+, H Class 100Q, and Viking 400 Serger: 936

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Date: 9/17/13 8:58 AM

Very occasionally I run into this problem as well. I'm using an ancient installation of Windows XP and Office from 2002 or 2003, so it's not just your software. I thought it was my ancient Word installation.

Sometimes I go back later--say, in week or a month, and I am able to copy and paste into Word. Sometimes the pictures never transfer but I can get the text. I have no idea what happens. Some kind of copy protection, maybe, on the original site? I've not heard of such a thing but it's always what I assumed might be the case.

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Date: 9/17/13 5:04 PM

Yep.. have had this happen.. I think we all have.. Usually with me its a design I have no business duping. but that is beside the point..

So.. I take a pic of it all with my digital camera.. then I put it in my files and can print it out if I want to..

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Date: 9/17/13 5:27 PM

A lot depends on where the file is coming from (FB can be hard to copy from, but there are others), as well as what the owner has set up on their page - some bloggers are tech savvy enough to protect their pics - you even get an error message if you try to copy sometimes that says it is protected!

I always use shortcuts (right-click and choose copy image, or just highlight and Ctrl-C, and then click in a blank Word document and Ctrl-V), and sometimes that gets me in trouble if the software has a different shortcut.

The easiest solution with FB is to share it somehow - either on your page or a friend's (if you are trying to give them the recipe). Then you can find it again, because it's on your timeline.

Also some browsers (FF), when you download, will automatically save it in a hard to find file. I can only find them again by doing a search of all my files.

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Date: 9/25/13 11:25 AM

katlew03 you may have been trying to copy text and pictures from a pdf-file instead of a normal HTML-page. The pdf-file is a picture in itself and may not contain any copy-and-paste-information that your computer can deal with. Sometimes you can copy text and other info as is, but this is only possible if you have the exact same program installed on your computer, that was used by the person who created the pdf in the first place.

/CHGH

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Date: 9/25/13 8:39 PM

My DH showed me a trick on copying from FB that may work in this case. I was trying to copy a recipe and didn't really want to share and have it on my timeline. I did a copy and opened up my email to compose a new message. I pasted there and it worked. Then, I copied from there to Word.

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Date: 9/25/13 8:59 PM

You can also try the snipping tool found in "Accessories" to capture an entire screen or just segments. Once "snipped", you can save the image or even paste it somewhere else. If you convert it to a .pdf, you can also use character recognition to convert the wording into usable text instead of it being just a "snapshot".




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Date: 9/25/13 11:18 PM

Thanks for the reminder. I saw this mentioned sometime ago and forgot all about it! I'll write it down this time

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