[Techtalk] How to copy/paste text from gnome terminal to Netscape?

Telsa Gwynne hobbit at aloss.ukuu.org.uk
Wed Oct 3 08:10:46 EST 2001

Neat trick: 

> the sunlover2 wrote:
> > Anyone know how to copy/paste text from gnome terminal to web browser 
> > and vim, gedit, etc. under Linux?
> >
> > I can only copy/paste from browser/vim/gedit to gnome terminal.

I am assuming like everyone else that this is a "how to cut and
paste in X" question rather than m "I know how to, but my gnome-terminal
is broken and cut/paste isn't working" question. If it's the latter
(which I have seen pop up), just say.

On Tue, Oct 02, 2001 at 04:34:12PM -0400 or thereabouts, Michael Carson wrote:
>     Highlight the text by clicking and holding the left mouse button at 
> the start of the text you want to copy, then drag the mouse to the end. 
>  Move to where you want to insert the text (in a command prompt window, 
> or vim and some other apps, text will inserted at the cursor, so you 
> have to move that to where you want the text) and click the middle 
> button.  If you don't have a middle button, clicking left and right at 
> the same time will usually work, although this is setup dependant.

No-one ever explains the much easier one.

I loathe "left-click, then keep holding mouse button down, and navigate
around and then lift up that button". On a crap mouse it's horrible.

Much easier: 

Left click at start of word, phrase, whatever.
Right click at end of it. 

Da-dah. Far less hassle than trying to hold down buttons and move 
mouse at same time. (I never used mice at all until a few years 
ago; and I was -hopeless- with them at first.)

This also helps explain why sometimes, attempting to get the context
menu in gnome-terminal, you get a lot of highlighted text. The context
menu pops up on control-right click; or it appears on right-click when 
no selection has been started that the right-click would finish.
Most people just forget around the control key, and then suddenly
they get lots of highlighted text instead of a menu.


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