Hello I can't find the option to reassign shortcuts in xfce4-terminal 0.6.3. I'd like to reassign ctrl+c to copy, ctrl+v to paste and ctrl+shift+c to kill process. I know I can do that easily under gnome-terminal but since I'm using xfce I would like to avoid installing all the dependencies for gnome-terminal. Any idea on how to achieve that ?

  • You might want to consider konsole which is a lot more configurable than xfce4-terminal or gnome-terminal.
    – Gray
    Feb 15 '18 at 23:26
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    @Gray - People use Xfce to keep a light clean system, and installing konsole (and other KDE specific tools) in Xfce is really a bad idea, it comes with about 117 dependencies, while the added value is minimal. There are other alternatives anyway.
    – cipricus
    Feb 23 at 7:54

The accepted answer doesn't work anymore (for example with xfce4-terminal on Lubuntu 18.04.2) because of a GTK3 change, as described on How to change key bindings for xfce-terminal?. It seems that the only way to change the keyboard shortcuts is by modifying the configuration file, ~/.config/xfce4/terminal/accels.scm.

Open the file, search for “copy”, and replace ; (gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/terminal-window/copy" "<Primary><Shift>c") with (gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/terminal-window/copy" "<Primary>c").

That is: change the shortcut, but also remove the semicolon at the beginning of the beginning of the line. (It's a comment delimiter.)

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The same for “paste”: replace ; (gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/terminal-window/paste" "<Primary><Shift>v") with (gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/terminal-window/paste" "<Primary>v").

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Restart the terminal.


In xfce terminal go to Edit, hover your mouse over Copyand press ctrl+c.

Same goes for paste.

Kill process gets automatically reassigned to ctrl+c+shift.

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    this is not working with xfce-terminal 0.8.4
    – Curious
    Nov 13 '17 at 21:02
  • I found that this worked for Alt-C but I couldn't get Alt-V to be assigned. Alt-T (for new tab) worked. Alt-A (for select-all) didn't work. I couldn't find the pattern. I ended up switching to konsole (++) whose shortcuts were assignable in the preferences.
    – Gray
    Feb 15 '18 at 23:26
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    The procedure you are describing belongs to GTK2 windows. In xfce that does not work. Understand that xfce could start gnome2 windows. So, you are probably talking about gnome-terminal, not xfce-terminal.
    – ImHere
    May 15 '20 at 22:30

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