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In one of my friend's system I have seen a very interesting feature. Whenever he selects a text/command from the terminal, the selected portion of text gets copied to clipboard automatically (without right click + copy). He then presses (Shift+Insert) to paste it somewhere else.

How can I implement the same in my system. I am running Ubuntu Mate 15 version.

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  • And what is your friend running ? e.g. this feature is by default when using putty
    – mazs
    May 4, 2017 at 7:28
  • There are also some minimal terminal emulators that implement this by default - mrxvt or st come to mind.
    – schaiba
    May 4, 2017 at 7:29
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    I thought this was the default behaviour. I've had this in all Unices I've run since 1992...
    – Kusalananda
    May 4, 2017 at 7:45
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    @Kusalananda presumably you’re used to pasting using middle-click (from the primary selection), not with Shift+Ins or Ctrl+V ;-). May 4, 2017 at 7:51
  • @StephenKitt Ah, that's true. I was ignoring the pasting bit with the keys. Right-click + copy is something I've only had to use in Windows terminals though.
    – Kusalananda
    May 4, 2017 at 8:13

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Try installing parcellite.

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If using Cinnamon DE, you can simply paste the highlighted/selected text by doing a middle click. You can check if it works on Mate too.

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  • It depends on the application (more precisely, on the GUI toolkit it uses), not on the desktop environment. It works in most. May 4, 2017 at 21:56
  • Even works in pure console if you have gpm installed and running. And, if you don't have a wheelie mouse (ie, laptop w/ 2 buttons) you can click both at once to get the same effect.
    – ivanivan
    May 5, 2017 at 0:22
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Comes for free with the xfce4-terminal that should be possible to install (maybe addtionally) wherever you want

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  • I always thought so too ... but in recent installs of Xubuntu I have to check the option for this (i.e., in the terminal window under Edit | Preferences)
    – topsail
    May 9 at 1:44

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