In most cases, shift insert works when you want to insert copied text.

But in a terminal, it uses Shift Ctrl v.

Any way to change that behaviour to Shift Insert?

  • In my terminal Shift+Ins returns CA+Enter+5+Enter which is pretty useless I think. I don't see any reason for keeping this configuration and allowing Shift+Ins to be remapped to paste from clipboard. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jul 27 '18 at 2:24
  • It isn't useless to me. It works in other apps. – fixit7 Jul 27 '18 at 3:59
  • @DK Bose You get the gold star. I use mate-terminal and it had a way to change keyboard shortcuts. – fixit7 Jul 27 '18 at 7:59

Your terminal may have a settings or preferences option. You maybe able to specify Shift+Ins there.

Lubuntu 18.04 has lxterminal as its default terminal. Click Edit > Preferences > Shortcuts. Then, click on the area next to Paste which should have the current keyboard shortcut for pasting, and press Shift and Insert simultaneously. The contents should change to reflect your choice. Press OK. That's all.


Similarly, Konsole (in Kubuntu 18.04) has Shift+Ins as an alternative to Ctrl+Shift+V out of the box.


  • DK Bose provided a great answer. I found that the middle mouse button also inserts text. – fixit7 Jul 27 '18 at 12:35

In Ubuntu Gnome go to the ribbon (3 horizontal lines) and open Preferences:

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