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Google Docs & Firefox Woes

Posted November 7th, 2006 in General by Jeff O'Hara

Google Docs & SpreadsheatsI’ve been using Google Docs & Spreadsheets quite a bit lately to distance myself from Microsoft office & even Open Office for that matter. I love the fact that I can upload all my documents to my account and have instant access to them anywhere. And even better is the fact that you can invite people to collaborate on a document. The idea of having all my apps no matter where I am is a real no brainer for me. Some naysayer’s may give me the argument that you don’t always have net access, and I say I always have net access when i’m doing real work, I even have net access on my phone, so I “always” have net access. And if I don’t have net access I’m probably in a third world country enjoying myself and don’t want to be bothered with a computer anyway.
As I use it more I discovered the frustration of Firefox’s good security measures in Firefox 2. Firefox outright blocks access to the OS’s clipboard, so when you highlight text and right click to copy you get the following error message. I applaud Firefox’s good security measures, but for future releases they may want to alter their settings to allow certain high profile sites access to your computer’s clipboard.

Google Docs Copy Error

Fortunately there is a fix, although not the easiest, you have to edit the user.js file manually.

I will redirect you to the Google Operating System blog for a full write-up on how to fix this issue instead of regurgitating the content here.

[tags]firefox, google, google docs & spreadsheets, web apps, error, web applications [/tags]

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