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Cut/Paste bug in Google Docs Spreadsheets

Video illustrating the bug

Video illustrating the bug

I use Google Docs Spreadsheets frequently and love the ability to collaborate on the same spreadsheet with multiple people currently.  The automatic versioning is excellent as well.

There is an extremely annoying bug that plagues at least the Chrome/Firefox versions of the application running on Mac OSX 10.6.6; I am posting here with the hopes that more people up-vote my support ticket and the bug is resolved sooner.  See the full bug ticket here.

In a nutshell, the problem is that the cut keyboard shortcut (⌘X) acts differently than the cut context menu.  When you fill the cut buffer via the keyboard shortcut and paste it via the paste keyboard shortcut (⌘V), things work fine.  When you later cut a different row/cells via the Cut context menu and paste with the keyboard shortcut, the original text you cut via the ⌘X shortcut is pasted instead of the text you just chose to cut.

It’s easier to see what I’m talking about via screencast; see this video for a minimal example of how to reproduce the bug.

I’m interested if this plagues Windows users and those using different browsers.  Please post in the comments with your results.

  1. kerry
    May 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I have this problem, it;s annoying. If you know how to fix it let me know

  2. i82much
    May 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Unfortunately no, and my bug ticket has no response.

  3. Hana
    July 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I have the same problem on running windows 7 with ie on my laptop and on windows xp on i.e. 8. The only “soloution” has been to use drag and drop instead of keyboard, what a drag.

    • Hana
      July 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Windows xp/ie8 is on my desktop, sorry that wasn’t clear.

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