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    Can anyone help me figure out how to cut and paste text or graphic into Gmail.

    Thanks to all in advance.

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    I just tried a copy/paste with text and it worked fine (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V). An image didn't though.
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    How do you copy and paste an IMAGE? Occasionally I can do and C and P when I copy some text (when available) before and after image.

    Anyone else?

    Thanks

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    have you try to right click on an image?

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    You can copy anything at all, and it'll normally go to the OS clipboard in the background. The important part is whether an application accepts what's on the clipboard when you hit Paste.

    The clipboard has flags which applications read to determine if stored data has a particular format. If you copy an image (from any application) and then paste it into another, the one you're pasting into may read the clipboard format to determine how to handle the data. Or it may not. If it does, it may not even process it in the same way as another application would with the same data - that's up to whoever wrote the program. On top of that, copy/paste functionality can often be switched on or off by processes running within an application, eg., a web page running in a browser.

    It looks to me that gmail can only accept pasted data if it's in text format.
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    Any other people with experience in this area?

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    ProfK; It's not about experience, it's how operating systems and software work. If you can right-click and Copy, then right-click and Paste (or use keyboard shortcuts) then it either works or it doesn't. There is no magic tool which will make it work if the application you're pasting into doesn't accept clipboard input. Trust me on this.

    Mind you, I have no idea of your level of software expertise. If you just want to send images then you can attach them to an email, you know?

    Edit: Ah, just read back and saw that you said it sometimes works with text before and after? If that's the case then the text is 'fooling' it into thinking it should accept the clipboard format. In which case the thing to do (if you really have to) is copy it with some text, then delete the text.
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    Michael:
    Thanks for your input.

    Does it make sense that gmail wouldn't allow someone to readily and easily cut and paste any non-protected image or text? There's got to be an easier solution rather than the intermittently successful work around I mentioned (include text) in original post.

    Thanks again!

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    I think, Prof, that your work around is perhaps an unforeseen (not critical) eventuality. In other words, the programmers didn't make it completely bullet-proof. It happens in the most expensive and well developed applications.

    I'm not sure what you mean about "non-protected image or text". Perhaps you mean 'protected' as-in not having the ability to copy things from places you'd think you shouldn't be able to..? Well, some software and websites do try to protect their content, but there's always a screen grab - and some even try to stop you doing that as well!

    I get the impression (and do correct me if I'm mistaken) that you're not into programming and low-level stuff? I'm no absolute expert myself, but I can pass on a little of what I know. Gmail is basically a group of software scripts running on a server off in Google-land somewhere, and they run in your browser (kind of) when you connect to Gmail. The browser has pre-set methods which determine what you can and can't do within its windows, and coded scripts can alter its behaviour to a certain extent.

    In case it helps, I use Mozilla Thunderbird email client, which allows images to be embedded (pasted) in emails without problems. They arrive exactly as you sent them, too. I have my own server space and email addresses, and also use it for a Gmail account. You may find that easier than fighting with a browser.
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    Mike....thanks for the helpful explanation. I am so overloaded with email questions, problems, etc. I am a Google devotee since beta first released. This goes for all of the applications they have launched. I love gmail but this cut and paste thing seems to have gotten worse. In the past there was greater successes for cut and paste.
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    Another issue for me is to be able to read all my mail aggregated from university account, another outside account and my gmail account. The goal would be to just go to one place (gmail) and be able to read all and send all to recipients with proper outgoing mail address. (I hope I'm clear in what I need). The university account uses Intermedia business email which is based on an Outlook platform. The whole thing is a huge problem for me; one in which I can barely articulate my problem. Dealing with the cut and paste thing, you see, is a minor detail in this headache.
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    Thanks for taking the time to try and help me out.
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