I’ve been having the exact problem for some time and found it very frustrating. The incremental time loss for each extra click needed for simple operations such as “copy” and “paste-in-front” adds up.
I kept poking around for solutions and *may* have found one that works, at least for the short time I’ve tried it. Uncheck “Enable Context Aware Defaults” in General Preferences, and let me know if this helps. It would be great to find a solution.
If you’ve already found a solution, please pass it on!!