When I try to paste text into the Libreoffice writer, the text to paste appears in various parts of the document.

The problem is that with a multi-page article, when I want to copy a text, a table, a mathematical formula I wrote previously, with Ctrl-C, when I paste it where I want it with Ctrl-V, it appears in the desired but in previous parts too.

Sometimes what I do is copy the desired text with Ctrl-C, call an ASCII text processor, for example gedit, paste it into it with Ctrl-C, copy it to gedit with Ctrl-C and paste it again into write with Ctrl-V

I am using Ubuntu Xenial 64 bits and Libreoffice

  • How do you paste it?
    – Pilot6
    Apr 20, 2017 at 11:22
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    You appear to be shouting. Consider altering the upper/lower case ratio. That stray apostrophe is puzzling too.
    – user12753
    Apr 20, 2017 at 12:01
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    Unable to duplicate the problem. When I paste, the text appears in the intended place. Please edit your question to clearly explain how we can duplicate your problem.
    – user535733
    Apr 20, 2017 at 13:16
  • this has been a bug since 2013 and it's still not fixed, oh my god ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/13204/pasting-problem Dec 1, 2020 at 18:11

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You may be running into problems because LibreOffice writer is pasting the formatting as well as the text. If you don't need to preserve the formatting, you can select "Paste Special..." from the Edit menu (or press ctrl+shift+V) and select "Unformatted text". Note that this will also erase any character-level formatting such as bold, italics, etc.

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