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Can't copy help contents using keyboard shortcut

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Hi everybody, I'm using Matlab 2013b in windows 7, I can't copy the contents of help browser to the clipboard using keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+c). I changed it in the preferences, and only (Ctrl+insert) works for me. (Ctrl+c) is not defined for any other action, it's just for copying. Now I defined both (Ctrl+c) and (Ctrl+insert) for copy but (Ctrl+c) works everywhere except in help browser and (Ctrl+insert) works everywhere. But I want to be able to use (Ctrl+c) in the help browser. What's wrong with this?

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Andy Johnson
Andy Johnson on 12 Sep 2015
The new keyboard's functionality is just like the previous one, and in both of them I need to use (Ctrl+insert) to copy from Matlab's help browser. It's just about the position of the keys on the board that made me feel I need to fix the problem. In the new one there is more distance between 'Ctrl' and 'Insert' rather than 'Ctrl' and 'c'.
Thomas Vanaret
Thomas Vanaret on 11 Dec 2015
Executing an example from the help by selecting its code and then press F9 doesn't work either. Really annoying...
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 11 Dec 2015
When you're interacting with help, it's almost like a different application. The help is not designed or set up do execute code within the help application. I mean, if you highlighted code here in Answers and hit F9 you wouldn't expect it to do anything (like create plots or whatever) would you? Those application(s) just are not designed to recognize that an F9 means to execute MATLAB code like the MATLAB code editor or command window are.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 12 Sep 2015

Yes, that was a bug that was introduced back around then and lasted a version of two, though for some reason it does not appear on the bug report list. Probably for this reason:

We had to use control-insert to copy help documentation text into the clipboard. I agree, it was very annoying. It has since been fixed and no longer exists in current versions. If you want the fixed MATLAB version, you'll have to upgrade to the current MATLAB version.

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Andy Johnson
Andy Johnson on 12 Sep 2015
Thank you :D
So I should pay money then Mathworks let me copy from documentation by Ctrl+c? It's not fair! But thank you for your help.
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 12 Sep 2015
Yeah, it would be awesome for us users if all software manufacturers would give users the next version for free if any bug were found in the current version. However the world does not work that way.

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Thomas Vanaret
Thomas Vanaret on 11 Dec 2015
Edited: Thomas Vanaret on 11 Dec 2015
The boring work around :
"You can also work around the Ctrl+C issue by using Ctrl+Insert and Shift+Insert to copy and paste text."
Bug Report : 1019537 (Oct 2014)

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