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Make sure you select and highlight THE TEXT inside the text frame and not just the text frame itself.
I just tried it and text frame won't paste but highlighted text will.
Copying just the text frame works but only in other ID docs.
The text I copied IS highlighted.
But it still won't copy in other apps.
Strange that it does for you.
What else could be wrong?
And also: what is the problem with the export filter?
Why doesn't it work?
I deactivated CS3, uninstalled it, installed it again and activated it again.
The problem stays: copy paste works IN Indesign, but not to any other application. (I tried in Word, Notepad, Illustrator CS3...).
Copying from another app into Indesign works fine.
And still: RTF export filter doesn't export anything.
And yes, I highlight the text to copy before copying.
Any suggestions, please?
Tried some other workarounds, but no pasting...
I deleted the Indesign default file (started pressing shift-control-alt) > no difference: still no pasting.
So I tried to use the ExportAllStories.jsx-script, exporting to RTF.
For each story in my Indesign-document a file was created, but they were all... empty, and 0 bytes!
Please, is there anyone who has a suggestion to fix this?
Did some experiments with other export filters.
Strange thing: export of tagged text works fine.
Also the ExportAllStories script works fine, when I choose 'tagged text'.
But when I choose txt or rtf, it just doesn't work.
Both filters fail - and also copy paste to another app fails.
Am I the only Indesign CS3 user with this problem?
Thanks for any advise!
Could this be font-related? Are you using a font with an encoding that won't
translate into standard ANSI glyphs?
Thanks for trying to help, Ken.
I tried to copy some text to Notepad (selecting text, copy, paste in notepad)
I did that with an ordinary OpenType (Arial), a Truetype (Times new roman) and a PS-font (Gill Sans)
Result? Nothing at all is pasted.
I have a feeling that it has something to do with an exportfilter that is not functioning well.
What else could I try to fix this?
I wouldn't think export filters come into this. This is just a straight
Windows clipboard operation. Do you have any form of clipboard viewer that
will show whether the problem is failure to copy - so there's nothing on the
clipboard - or failure to paste, so it's gone to the clipboard but the
receivng application won't accept it.
The Clipboard/Clipbook Viewer seems to be removed in Vista.
But I think that there IS something on the clipboard, because when I paste it in Indesign itself, it works fine (text as a selection, or a textframe as a selection).
The reason I think it has something to do with an exportfilter is that the RTF and TXT export function in INCS3 does not work either.
Would you like to send me a page to try? Use something Windows-standard as a
font, say Arial. Just put a piece of placeholder text in and ensure that you
can't copy and paste from it. My guess is there would be nothing wrong with
the file and all the arrows would point back to InDesign on your machine.
But at least we could rule out any problems being created within the file
A simple file was sent to you by now, Ken.
Please let me know if you did not receive anything.
Well there's nothing wrong here. I can copy/paste your text with no problem.
You have said you have already re-installed. Have you tried deleting
preferences? I believe they remain regardless of a reinstall (could be wrong
here) so if the problem isd in there reinstalling would not have made any
I did a reinstall, and I also deleted the preferences file (shift-control-alt when starting ID.
But no differences.
Oh, God, I seem to have a problem.
Any other ideas?
Thank you for your kindness anyway!
Sorry, no. My guesses probably aren't as good as yours with the machine in
front of you. But no-one else is jumping in, so it looks as if this is a
Thanks anyway, Ken.
1. Makre sure you have u2fpdf.dll, tslv.dll, exportmodeller.dll in the \windows\crystal folder.
2. Register tslv.dll and exportmodeller.dll from a run command like this: regsvr32 c:\windows\crystal\tslv.dll
This will take care of the problem.
Thanks for answering, Karenoden,
But it seems that there is no such folder (crystal) in the windows folder, neither there are files with the name tslv.dll, u2fpdf.dll or exportmodeller in the windows folder or subfolders.
BTW. I installed cs3 also on my laptop (winxp) and on this machine copy paste works just fine.
And I checked for the files you mentioned on this machine, but they are not there either.
(Sorry for not to answer you again before Saturday - since I an out of office till then).
This is not a one off problem, I have it too and it's driving me crazy. I'll watch to see if your problem is resolved. Dave
You may try activating all plugins. That should fix the problem.
If you find out which one it is that is responsible for putting plain text onto the clipboard please tell us! I haven't found out yet.
As far as I can see (Help > Configure Plug-ins) all plug-ins ARE activated. But maybe there is one that was not installed during installation?
It is still strange that neither copy/paste neither the RTF or TXT-export does not function.
My feeling is therefore that the problem has to do with an exportfilter or a plug-in that should take care of the job.
My workaround at this moment is to load the file(s) on my portable pc (XP) and export it there. But of course this is not a serious solution.
A solution seems to be born.
It has something to do with accounts in vista.
Still experimenting, but there is perspective.
Made a new admin account, started ID, loaded a file and tried to copy/paste and export rtf. Bingo!
Keep in touch. I'll tell you what's next.
My problem is similar, but never mind the other apps. Every time I copy, cut or paste text in an ID file, ID Hangs.
(CS3, Windows XP etc)
at least for my system (InDesign CS1, Windows 2000) I have tracked down what is obviously responsible for plain text export to the clipboard: the plugin SANGAMEXPORT.APLN. I have no idea what this plugin is for but I can say for sure is that if it is enabled I can export text and if it is disabled I can't.
Maybe this helps you to find a solution for your system.
I checked it out, and found that the SANGAMEXPORT.APLN IS enabled.
But I still can't export any text, neither paste it in other apps...
Problem fixed, but it was a drastic solution.
1. make a back-up
2. deactivate CS3
3. format harddisk
4. reinstall vista
5. reinstall cs3
6. activate cs3 again
Everything works fine now: copy/paste to other apps, and also the export function (export to rft or txt).
No idea what was wrong, but anyway I was not very happy with the Dell Vista installation: there was a lot of rubbish in it that continued to nag about upgrading, expired dates and so on.
Thanks again for all your help!
First thing to do with any Windows machine is to blow it out and do a
clean install of Windows. Using an OEM install on a production machine
is simply not a good idea.
This holds for Dell, HP, and every other computer manufacturer. The
installs are fine for run of the mill users, but as you already
discovered, they're usually loaded with all kinds of junk.
This is one of the few areas where Macs shine over Windows machines.
Because of the limited configurations, the O/S works well out of the box.
I solve this problem in windows XP using the Phaedra's first optimistic tip and worked fine to me.
When I tested the IDcs3 in another profile it was clear that the problem is not in the program, but in permissions or another detail in the user config.
To simplifly my life, I create a new user account "MIGUEL2" in Windows as admin powers. With this new account I "reboot" my oldest ("MIGUEL") account to user mode. Restarted windows and, with "MIGUEL2" I reset the privileges to "MIGUEL" to admin user.
Now I can export txt and rtf files from IDcs3. ;)
You can skip the last step and work only with the new account or just work as user, not admin...
Really weird. Why this happened? I don't know... but I'm happy that was too simple to solve...
I have InD CS2, Win XP, and the same problem cutting and pasting into other applications. My plan is to upgrade to CS3 (which I am going to do anyway) - any ideas on whether or not this might fix the problem?
Tina, before the update, try to change the user as I said. If in another profile you can copy and paste, then the problem is not in cs2 or cs3 version, but in some place of your user profile. Just create a new profile with new permissions or reset your permissions setting to user or admin and be happy. If it not solve the problem... ok upgrade.
Miguel - I fixed the problem by having IT give me write access to my C drive and removing some fonts I had installed last week.
Thanks for your input.
>I fixed the problem by having IT give me write access to my C drive
You said, I think, in another thread that you work for the government. Denying users write access to the C: drive on their workstation is pretty paranoid. I suppose maybe that stops remote login vandalism, but really...
I know this thread is old, but hoping someone may be monitoring it.... we have two separate systems (winxp sp2) with Indesign cs3 where both were able to copy and paste text/images into Word document, but now both systems cannot do this.... since we are on a network, we cannot arbitrarily change user logons... and I don't believe this is the issue... could it be an update Adobe put out that made changes? Or could it have been a update by Microsoft?
thanks for any help.
I don't think your problem is related to this thread. It seems like your
problem has nothing to do with exporting.
There's a much more recent thread about a problem in which text cannot
be copied from Indesign to other apps ("Copying text from ID to other
apps", 1/2/2008), which sounds closer to your problem.
Pegasus Type, Inc.
I am having the same problem with InDesign CS. I tried reinstalling -- it did not fix the problem. I installed an old InDesign 2.0 -- same problem now exists in this program! I have never had this problem before, but I have it now. Does anyone know of a work around?
The only way I can export text out of InDesign is to make a pdf file, open it in Acrobat, highlight the text there, do a control-c and it copies to the clipboard and can be pasted into wordpad, WordPerfect, etc. However, the ligatures do not copy. What is going on here?
this solution was published on this forum:
you need to delete temporary files from your Temp folder in your UserProfile directory
tested today by my friend on Vista 32bit and CS2 ;)
Cliff, it sounds like your problem is not related to this thread. Is
your problem that you cannot copy text from Indesign and paste it to
another program? (Note: This is very different from *exporting* text.)
If it is, go read "Copying text from ID to other apps", 1/2/2008.
Pegasus Type, Inc.
I do not have a Temp folder in my UserProfile directory. I am not using Vista. I am using XP Professional.Also, I am using CS, not CS2.
Try \Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Temp <br /><br />\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\TEMP <br /><br />\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\Temp<br /><br />all of which are hidden by default.<br /><br />Peter
I found it, deleted the files, and now InDesign works properly.
"Uncle Bill" sure likes to hide things!