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Simplify Text Copying & Pasting in Firefox with AutoCopy

Looking for an easy way to speed up copying and pasting in Firefox? Now you can reduce the amount of work that you have to do by half with AutoCopy.

Setting AutoCopy Up

After installing AutoCopy, you should take a quick look at the options to see if there are any changes or adjustments that you would like to make. As you can see, there are multiple options for Auto Copy (default setup shown) and the ability to create keyboard shortcuts as well (if desired).


Using this extension is as simple as highlighting text (to copy) and clicking the middle button on your mouse (to paste). If you do a lot of copying and pasting inside of Firefox while browsing the Internet, this extension will certainly help speed things up (terrific!).

Note: Pasting text from Firefox into another application using the middle mouse button does not work, but you can use “Ctrl + V” to complete the pasting action.

Status Bar Control

If you have it selected in the options, there will be an icon in the Status Bar for AutoCopy. It will allow you to quickly and easily enable or disable the extension. Here you can see what the icon looks like when AutoCopy is enabled…


And what the icon looks like when AutoCopy is disabled. A single click on the icon toggles the active/non-active status for the extension.



If you are needing a way to speed up and simplify copying and pasting in Firefox, then this extension just might become your new best friend!


Download the AutoCopy extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Download the AutoCopy extension (Developer Homepage)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 08/19/09

Comments (4)

  1. RottNKorpse

    I already new about this extension and loved it for FF2 but they were very slow to update it to FF3 and FF3.5 so thanks for the heads up…can’t wait to get this back in use.

  2. Dante

    Looks nice, but I prefer working with keyboard shortcuts. A simple autohotkey script either searches google for the highlighted expression or copies an expression (a link usually) into the URL bar of a new tab.

    What am I missing?

  3. AlasdairGF

    Nice extension, but I notice that it requires the “Copy Plain Text” extension for full functionality, which doesn’t work for FF3.5 (and doesn’t look like it’s being updated right now).

  4. sue thomas

    How do I get this extension onto/into a Windows xp machine?

    Great site!


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