Today, I needed to fill out an online web form, and was very frustrated that it was setup to disallow copy and paste. Why would I want to type field values manually, especially important ones, when I can copy and paste them from a password database? I’m sure the web developer thought they were increasing security, but I think they were just increasing the error rate.
So, I went looking for a solution and determined that Firefox allows me to override the web application’s behavior. Here’s how I did it:
- Open Firefox
- Surf to about:config
- Click the “I accept the risk” button
- In the search field, enter dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled
- Click true so that it now becomes false
- Surf to the website you need to use and which previously had disabled cut and paste functionality
Voila! This solution worked for me, and I was able to copy + paste into fields I had been required to manually enter prior to this Firefox setting change.