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Copying the URL from the URL bar should be plain text

  • Opera Build: 70.0.3693.0(Developer upstream)
    OS: macOS 10.14.6 64-bit

    When copying URLs from the URL bar and paste it in other applications (RichText or HTML capable apps), doesn't copy the plain text URL but a rich text/html(?) representation of the URL. Also, the URL will not work in Messages if send (bug in Messages?).

    It should copy the raw URL in plain text. Nothing else. This has started recently with some of the newer Dev Builds (note that other browsers don't display this behaviour).

    Examples (screen shots):

    Copy the URL
    Screen Shot 2020-05-18 at 16.44.07.png
    Now copied and pasted into another application with rich text/html capability:
    Screen Shot 2020-05-18 at 16.44.28.png
    Copied and pasted and sent in iMessages results in a empty send.
    Screen Shot 2020-05-18 at 16.44.39.png

  • Related bug?
    DNA-86330 [Mac] Copy/cut URL from address bar doesn't work properly.

  • I only get a headline of the article when I copy/paste any article from the opera address bar, even if it shows it's https://etc, I still get just the headline when I past it. No full address. This is troublesome as I always look at full links before I open any article to make sure it's not spam. I will have to go to firefox until this is resolved. I am running Sierra OS desktop, using text-edit, apple mail, Version:69.0.3686.77
    Opera is up to date
    Update stream:Stable
    System:Mac OS X 10.12.6 64-bit

  • @illostraight I'm glad someone else is complaining about this. I think it's a terrible "feature". It makes it so annoying to try to share URLs with other people, or paste them into other apps. I have to paste it into a stickie and then edit the URL to get the actual link.

  • @vacord Thx for the tip. I'm going to use Firefox and transfer a ton of links by hand until this gets cleared up. I really like Opera. And I do have the button clicked in the prefs to show the full url address. Just doesn't copy that way. I did file a bug report, too. Opera?

  • @illostraight It's not happening here in Opera for Windows. Maybe an issue with Opera for Mac?

    Anyway, do you see any difference if you enable full URL address in settings?

  • @leocg I do have that enabled and it makes no difference. I've turned it on and off and restarted, still the same.

  • @illostraight I found a work around that is only a little bit dumb! I just wanted to copy part of a URL to use in an ad setup, so I didn't copy the ?etcetcetc part at the end, and it worked fine. So what you can do is simply add a "?" at the end of a URL in the URL bar, and then copy everything but that "?" and it won't paste the page title as a hyperlink.

    I'll be doing it like this now, and hopefully it helps others.

  • TYVM, @vacord - That does work. 👍 If it's a really long url, do u know of any quick way or keystroke to get to the end in the address bar?

  • @illostraight Yes, on a mac, just get your cursor in the URL bar then press command+(right arrow) and it should go to the end.

  • @vacord Super! TYVM! 👍

  • yes, I'm having the same issue.

    I hope they get this fixed.

    When I copy and paste the URL, I don't get the URL but a hyperlink instead.

    Very annoying!

    It started this way since the last update.

    Please, Opera fix this!

  • Hi everyone, I am glad I am not the only one who has faced problems with this. Dear Opera, please, allow users to enable and disable this feature. Thanks.

  • Hi everybody,

    I surf with Opera for Mac (version : 69.0.3686.77)

    How to modify the paste behavior on Opera ? I don't want to paste a title but an URL ?

    Example : when I copy this subforum (, I would like to paste the URL and not its title (Opera for Mac | Opera forums).


  • The "Paste and Match Style" action (keyboard shortcut: cmd-option-shift-V) will generally paste the unformatted plain text URL in the destination app.

  • Is any extension or parameter to modify this behaviour ?

  • Why is this still an issue?
    I have the same problem and it makes me reconsider my webbrowser-choice.
    Is there any fix for that?

  • Same issue here and I have Version:70.0.3728.119 of Opera and System:Mac OS X 10.14.6 64-bit (Mojave on MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)) The keyboard shortcut: "cmd-option-shift-V" does work, but thats not a standard behavior people are used to for a URL copy/paste operation. Opera DEV team - kindly enable this link header VS plain text copying option as a feature please?
    Many thanks in advance!

  • I'm so glad I found this thread with others not loving this "feature." Would love to see a enable/disable option ASAP! Thank you for others who mentioned the paste without formatting keyboard commands, that'll work for now at least. Hope this get's addressed soon!

  • hey, has anyone found a solution for this?