I'm using wine-1.6.2 in Ubuntu 16 LTS and when I copy text from Notepad++ and attempt to paste it into the terminal it doesn't work. I can do the same thing with gedit and it works (gedit > select text > right-click > copy , terminal > right-click > paste)

How can I copy and paste from a Wine program into the terminal, why doesn't what I copied go to the clipboard?

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    Does it paste in other programs other than Terminal. Also, to paste in terminal you need to press Ctrl + Shift + V instead of Ctrl + V.
    – Ceda EI
    Aug 24 '16 at 6:04
  • That works. It was the right-click menu where I chose paste that didn't work (the old clipboard stuff was still there), but now it's working. So I guess there is a bug somewhere.
    – Jay
    Aug 24 '16 at 7:16
  • I have added it as an answer, mark it as accepted so that the question does not appear in unanswered section.
    – Ceda EI
    Aug 24 '16 at 7:20
  • I've marked that as the answer since technically it's correct. Also I've filed at bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/wine1.6/+bug/1616710
    – Jay
    Aug 25 '16 at 2:28

Try pasting it using key combination Ctrl + Shift + V. This works in some cases.


I found I'm able to copy from N++ using Ctrl + Ins or Ctrl + C, paste into a non-WINE app (e.g. Text Editor, or Chrome's address bar if it's single-line), then copy again from there, after which Shift + Ins or Ctrl + V will paste into Terminal. Not as neat as Ceda El's answer (which also works with Ctrl-Shift-Ins), but might be useful to some.

Interestingly, you can use this "feature" to give yourself two paste buffers.

  • Ctrl + V (and aliases) will paste whatever was copied from native apps
  • Ctrl + Shift + Vwill paste whatever was copied from N++

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