I try to copy and paste in xterm.

This is generally a solved question as explained here but on my laptop (ASUS x551ma) I have problems.

I highlight a text which assume copies it to the clipboard.

The paste is problematic.

There are two ways to make paste:

  • middle button

  • shift + insert

I have a mouse with just 2 buttons and pressing them simultaneously does not work.

The only insert button I see is the one on the number zero.

When I press shift + insert I write 0.

How can I paste?

1 Answer 1


According to this image, you should have an insert key if you use fn and del. Alternatively, you should be able to use 0 as insert if you disable num lock.

However, you should be able to get middle click emulation working, I am surprised it doesn't out of the box. The traditional way is to add this line to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "whatever"
    MatchIsPointer "on"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "on"

But you can also do it graphically by installing gpointing-device-settings as explained here. In fact, that post gives various ways of achieving this.

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