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If I have a Writer document that is a numbered list of instructions, and I highlight a chunk of text, or even just a single word in a line of the list, and copy it to the clipboard, go to another program, i.e. gedit, and paste the copied text, the number of the item/line that the text was originally copied from gets pasted as well, even if it was not highlighted to copy.

Can this behavior be changed?

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my bad, I mean gedit – Chin Jan 28 '13 at 5:53
I also seen this. I think this mainly happens by worng selection or text copied from protected odt files. – Curious Apprentice Jan 28 '13 at 8:09
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I remember from old days I used to work with MS Office under Windows that this also used to be the case with MS Word and Notepad.

So I doubt it can be changed as you wanted probably because it is deep-rooted in the logic of word-processing programs.

However, as a workaround, you can click on the Numbering icon on the Toolbar to turn numbering off before copying text, and then click on it again to turn it back on, or press Ctrl+Z to undo this last action.

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