Mozilla has fixed a known issue causing the Firefox web browser to freeze when copying text on Windows 11 devices where the Suggested Actions clipboard feature is enabled.
The issue impacts Firefox users running Microsoft’s latest OS release, Windows 11, version 22H2, where this new feature is enabled by default.
“The browser freezes for a period of time (over 20 seconds), during which the entire window (chrome, viewport) is unresponsive to user input,” the user filed five months ago reads.
“Video and animation appears to continue playing. After a while, the browser becomes responsive again. The amount of time is variable, and seems to depend on the number of extensions loaded – my default profile can freeze for minutes.”
Mozilla has fixed the bug that triggers it with Firefox 106.0.3, the latest version released Monday.
“Fixed an incompatibility with the new Windows 11 22H2 Suggested Actions feature resulting in hangs when copying text on a web page,” according to the Firefox 16.0.3 release notes.
Workaround also available
Windows 11 users who cannot immediately update Firefox are advised to disable the Suggested Actions feature to ensure that their web browser won’t freeze unexpectedly while copying text.
“We recommend that Firefox users on Windows 11, version 22H2, disable Suggested Actions temporarily to avoid this issue,” Mozilla said in a support document published today.
To disable this Windows 11 feature, you need to go through the following steps:
Press the Windows key on your keyboard or open the Start menu and type Clipboard in the search field.
Press the Enter key or select Clipboard Settings from the results. This will take you to the system Clipboard settings.
Toggle the switch next to Suggested Actions to turn it off.
On Monday, Mozilla also addressed a second issue in Firefox 106.0.3 that triggers startup crashes for users across all Windows versions.
“~260 crashes from 220 installations of Firefox 106.0 and 106.0.1, all on Windows. No crashes for earlier versions,” a user report reads.