I would like to press Shift+Insert and have that execute a paste from the clipboard (the thing that Ctrl+C copies to) inside of gnome-terminal.

In 13.10, Shift+Insert pastes from the selection buffer (the thing that selecting text writes to). In Libre Office, Chrome, and Firefox, Shift+Insert pastes from the clipboard. I would thus like to configure gnome-terminal to do the same.

I would not like to use Ctrl+Shift+V. EDIT: I phrased this poorly. I would still like to use Ctrl+Shift+V but I did not want people to post that as a solution. The reason why I would like to use Shift+Insert is because a program I use sends the keys Shift+Insert assuming that it will paste.

Unfortunately, in gnome-terminal there is no setting for this under Edit → Profile Preferences → Compatibility, nor is there under Edit → Keyboard Shortcuts.

The only other related post I can find is: https://askubuntu.com/questions/266096/how-to-restore-proper-x-clipboard-behaviour-shiftinsert-in-12-10 which I think prefers the opposite of what I prefer and is probably happy now with the change.

  • Do you want both Ctrl+Shift+V and Shift+Ins to paste the clipboard in Gnome Terminal?
    – kiri
    Jan 3, 2014 at 21:39
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    I don't understand... I do use <kbd>Shift</kbd>+<kbd>Insert</kbd> in my terminal to paste clipboard. And it's a (almost) freshly installed Ubuntu 13.10. The only extra thing I remember installing is vim.
    – GabrielF
    Jan 8, 2014 at 23:06
  • @GabrielF strange. Thanks for the information. I will do some more checking.
    – Xu Wang
    Jan 9, 2014 at 7:07
  • I wonder who had the "brilliant" idea of changing a shortcut almost universal... and why?
    – Rodrigo
    Dec 6, 2018 at 0:52

3 Answers 3


There is a relatively simple answer:

  1. Open Gnome Terminal.
  2. Open Edit → Keyboard Shortcuts.
  3. Click on the old "Ctrl+Shift+V" shortcut for Paste until it changes to New accelerator, then press Shift+Insert.
  4. Close the Preferences window.
  5. Shift+Insert should now paste the clipboard.
  • This even works in Cinnamon (which also uses gnome-terminal). Saved my day, +1 :)
    – Izzy
    Jan 10, 2017 at 0:03
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    I wonder who had the "brilliant" idea of changing a shortcut almost universal... and why?
    – Rodrigo
    Dec 6, 2018 at 0:52
  • This doesn't seem to work for me in 18.04, the new combo does nothing (but Ctrl+Shift+V works after changing it back). Feb 26, 2019 at 21:26
  • This worked for me in Ubuntu 19.04
    – Daniel
    May 31, 2019 at 3:21

There is a simple workaround for what you need.

  1. First you will have to install xdotool Install xdotool.

  2. Then launch the Keyboard configuration gnome-control-center keyboard:
    (Go to Shortcuts → Custom shortcuts)

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  3. Click on "+" and add a name like "Paste into terminal" and the command

    xdotool key --clearmodifiers ctrl+shift+v

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  4. Then choose Shift+Insert as the key binding:

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Because of a bug, you will have to logout and log back in so the shortcut can take effect.

  • This doesn't seem to work for me in 18.04, the new combo does nothing. Pasting that xdotool command directly into the terminal does work, however. Feb 26, 2019 at 21:26

If you don't want to use SHIFT+CTRL+V, then why not just change that paste hotkey to SHIFT+INSERT under Edit > Keyboard shortcuts?

I installed gnome-terminal on lubuntu 13.10 and I have that option (see screenshot I already changed it there). If you don't have it you might try to change that setting in gconf-editor, see the screenshot.

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  • How? I don't see that shortcut under there. Are you sure it's there for 13.10? Which submenu do you see it ("Launchers", "Navigation", ...)?
    – Xu Wang
    Jan 2, 2014 at 22:24
  • @XuWang I have that option on lubuntu 13.10. Is the gnome-terminal different for ubuntu 13.10? I updated my answer.
    – falconer
    Jan 2, 2014 at 23:14

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