I have been using lyx for a while and everything was working smoothly. Recently, however, I tried deleting a float figure and inserting it at a different point in the document. Following this question I tried restarting lyx, the workstation, but the problem persists. I am using windows 7.

In this thread it is mentioned that going to Tools -> Editing, Shortcuts -> Cursor, Mouse and Editing Functions

paste which is bound to Ctrl + V. Apparently, I cannot change this binding. When clearing it the following message is shown:

lyx copy paste

Also, even when allocating Ctrl + V to selection-paste the issue persists.

How can I fix this?


I cannot even paste from the edit menu. The Paste tab is grayed out when an image has been copied. On the left corner of the editor the text "Command disabled" is shown. I have tried running lyx as administrator but the issue persists.

  • Perhaps it's not copying correctly... – Werner Nov 12 '15 at 20:44
  • Everything is grayed out and it worked before, when I tried copying images from another directory than the one in which the lyx file is located. Also, upon pasting the figure, a dialog box was shown in order to input the name of the new file to be stored in the directory containing the lyx file. – Sebi Nov 12 '15 at 20:46
  • Did you update anything in terms of LyX? – Werner Nov 12 '15 at 20:47
  • No, at least not voluntarily(I know little about lyx's updating mechanisms). – Sebi Nov 12 '15 at 20:48
  • I've found a solution by clicking the insert graphics tab while the cursor is in the figure. – Sebi Nov 12 '15 at 21:09

This is not really an actual solution but more of a workaround. Instead of copying the image into its Float Figure container, I use the Insert graphics tab beneath the menu bar.

A more definite solution was to reinstall lyx (make sure you save the files you've been working on before; do not leave anything in the default working directories).

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