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I select a building in JOSM, then use "copy all key values" in the properties box of the way. I then paste them into a text editor. I remove one or two and copy the result back into the paste buffer. I then wish to paste them into another way which has already some tags which clash with the (now deleted) tags of the original way. I can certainly paste them back into the text editor. When I try to paste them into a new way using ctrl-shift-V, I do not get the edited tags, I get the original tags, presumably in a non-system paste buffer of JOSM.

I have looked for shortcuts which say "paste from the system buffer" but am unable to find any, nor any obvious menu entries.

So, sorry to be so naive, but I can copy tags so how can I paste them back into a JOSM entity?

asked 07 Nov '12, 10:23

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edited 10 May '15, 07:55

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I feel that I am answering the wrong thing, because this seems to be too obvious (or is it a new – years later – JOSM feature?)

  1. select the source object
  2. click into the tags dialog
  3. mark all (ctrl+A)
  4. hold ctrl and click the ones you do not want
  5. ctrl+c
  6. select your target object
  7. ctrl+shift+v

(likely you can replace the keyboard shortcuts with menu actions)

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answered 02 May '15, 00:58

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edited 02 May '15, 01:00

You could create a temporary node, paste all the tags onto that, delete the tags you don't want in the buffer, copy the remaining ones back into the buffer and remove the temporary node.

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answered 07 Nov '12, 10:39

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True, that is what I have been doing so far but it is just messy and now and again I have forgotten to delete the dummy node wondering later what the isolated node was for.

Because there was a "copy all tags" to the system cut buffer I assumed that there would be a "paste tags" from the system cut buffer as well. This would avoid the need to create any temporary nodes.

(07 Nov '12, 10:44) Electrotechie

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