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Cannot paste serial numbers on registration fields Apps
Sometimes the Edit » Paste or Command+V is not active on some registration fields in software. For instance to register applications like CrossOver. The same issue when trying to copy from such fields via Edit » Copy or Command+C to copy out the serial number to store it in a database or spreadsheet for a permanent record.

One thing to try is to Control+click over the field and then select Paste (or Copy) from the contextual menu. This will often work even when the main menu does not.

[crarko adds: This sort of behavior goes all the way back to the classic Mac OS days. Obviously software vendors don't want the serial numbers passed around but in any kind of a managed environment you'd like to keep a master list of the software assets you have, and that includes the registration keys. Having done this and knowing how big a pain it can be to keep a proper inventory I'm a bit sensitive to the issue. I publish this hint for as much as anything as a reminder to vendors that paranoia will only get you so far, and there is (almost) always a workaround anyway.]
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Cannot paste serial numbers on registration fields
Authored by: mistert2 on Feb 03, '11 07:36:26AM

I just right click paste with my mouse. Alt click for you single button people.



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Cannot paste serial numbers on registration fields
Authored by: Unsoluble on Feb 03, '11 11:10:47AM

Control-click, you mean; not alt. :)



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Cannot paste serial numbers on registration fields
Authored by: ParkerBennett on Feb 03, '11 10:21:57AM

I've also had luck using drag and drop to drag a serial number in from, say, SimpleText.



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