Firefox and the Google Docs

I used to have Chrome as my primary browser and used to play around with Firefox once in a while to check out what’s new. I have always wanted to switch to ff want of better privacy setting but never did that because chrome was a lot better in terms of usability than ff in almost every way.

A few months back, Firefox released quantum (It is first named version in the long history of numbered firefox versions), tried it out and never went back to chrome. It was hands down better than chrome in terms of experience or so I thought.

A few days ago, I discovered that google docs copy/paste functionality did not work in firefox and google doc was unusable because of that. I was angry as well since I assumed it to be a deliberate attempt on Google’s part to make it unworkable with certain browsers. Turned out, I was wrong (and google did nothing wrong here) and there was a so-called “privacy protection” switch which was set to disallow clipboard reading by websites.

There is always an ongoing battle between convenience and privacy, I get that and I respect that. But if I do not think the above one was warranted protection since there is no way a not so technical person will be able to make it work and hence will switch back to chrome. By trying to go for 100% privacy protection, we lost the 99% protection that we were getting earlier (don’t get hung up on the numbers, made up).

In case you are trying to make google docs (or Gmail) copy/paste functionality work, here is how you can do it :

1. Go to about:config

2. Accept the warranty void warning.

3. Find the property : dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled and set it to true

If you haven’t tried the firefox out yet, I urge you to give it a try. It is as good as it is claimed to be.

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Firefox and the Google Docs

2 thoughts on “Firefox and the Google Docs

  1. I don’t think Google will ever do such a thing. For one thing it will give them a very bad press. And with the increasing number of exciting browsers in the market, it will be harder to make the people stick to chrome when they realize that the company is evil.

    1. I think you misunderstand. I am only implying that there is a setting in firefox whose default setting, in spirit of privacy, does not let Google docs function properly. If one wants to work properly with google docs, he/she needs to toggle that flag/setting.

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