When trying to copy and paste from the terminal, it doesn't work. Neither Ctrl + C nor right button after highlighting (no option to copy or cut appear). I installed Ubuntu 12.4 for the first time a few days ago and maybe it is missing something. Copy and paste does work in Libre Office.

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    The shortcut for copying in the terminal is usually Ctrl-Shift-C, since Ctrl-C usually means "kill current program". Similarly for paste. – muru Nov 7 '14 at 7:08

I hope these shortcuts are useful

  1. Ctrl+Shift+C : copy
  2. Ctrl+Shift+V : paste
  3. Shift+Insert : paste (In some cases, I can't paste data stored in clipboard from Intellij or Netbeans IDE)
  4. Use this tool for copying to clipboard: xclip
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    @muru doesn't work. terminal thinks ctrl + shift + C is a command. right buttons options don't appear at all. i am dual booting a chromebox with crouton ubuntu 12.4. – Syd Nov 7 '14 at 8:40

Select the text you want to copy, then go to the place where you want to copy to and press the scroll wheel of the mouse.

This method doesn't require any keyboard shortcut.

  • @MadMike, thanks for editing my answer. I guess I should have put my answer correctly. :) – RD017 Jun 15 '16 at 18:38
  • You're welcome. Please don't take it as a criticism. We simply try to help each other. Each one with the time and ability we have. – MadMike Jun 15 '16 at 18:42
  • Sure. No problem. – RD017 Jun 15 '16 at 18:43

You can use Ctrl + Shift + X for cutting the content and Ctrl + Shift + V for pasting.


You can change the defaults in the terminal:

In the terminal window menu you can go to "Edit" --> "Preferences", then the "Shortcuts" tab and select "Copy" and change it to "Ctrl+C", then select "Paste" and change it to "Ctrl+V" (you don't need to type it, just select the box and hit Ctrl and then C).

(this works in Ubuntu 18, I'm not sure about previous versions)

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