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Thread: Mouse highlight copy / paste stopped working.

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    Unhappy Mouse highlight copy / paste stopped working.

    I just noticed that highlighting text and middle button clicking no longer copies and pastes as it has it has been for years. I haven't upgraded anything or installed any new software so this is a bit confusing for me.

    Does anyone have any idea how I may restore this function? BTW, it doesn't work anywhere, terminal, firefox, etc...


    Edit: For clarity, the mouse itself works, I can point, click, etc... it is just the copy/paste function that has failed -disappeared-
    Using Suse and KDE desktop

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    Default Re: Mouse highlight copy / paste stopped working.

    Try rebooting before we get going on this
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    Default Re: Mouse highlight copy / paste stopped working.

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Try rebooting before we get going on this
    OK. I just rebooted and the situation has not improved.

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    Default Re: Mouse highlight copy / paste stopped working.

    Create a new user account, login with it and see if the problem exists there.
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    Default Re: Mouse highlight copy / paste stopped working.

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Create a new user account, login with it and see if the problem exists there.
    New user created, and yes, the copy/paste has been disabled under that user as well.

    how odd

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    Default Re: Mouse highlight copy / paste stopped working.

    The default Klipper behavior is weird but can be fixed.

    Right click the Klipper icon (looks like a clipboard)

    Select configure

    set Separate Clipboard and Selection

    Check Ignore Selection

    Now it should work more like you expect

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    Default Re: Mouse highlight copy / paste stopped working.

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    The default Klipper behavior is weird but can be fixed.

    Right click the Klipper icon (looks like a clipboard)

    Select configure

    set Separate Clipboard and Selection

    Check Ignore Selection

    Now it should work more like you expect
    I think there is a bit of a misunderstanding.

    The "Ignore Selection" option forces the clipboard to ignore what you have highlighted by dragging or double clicking with the mouse. That is the exact opposite of what I need.

    I do want what I highlight to be selected. I do want that "selection" to paste when I center click.

    I did play around with the Klipper settings and did enable the history out to 5 selections. I now see that highlighting items DOES in fact copy them. The only fix I apparently need, is re-enabling the center-click paste function.

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    Default Re: Mouse highlight copy / paste stopped working.

    On 11.2 now?

    Remove/rename /etc/X11/xorg.conf, as a first one. 11.2 uses autodetection and configuration.

    Then, after a reboot (just to make sure), start Systemsettings and configure Mouse. That should do the job. Keyboard settings are in Country-Region, if you're missing a compose key for example.
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    Ok I like it the way I did it because I bounce between Windows and Linux and like a consistent interface. As far as I can see the center click functionality does seem to be missing. Maybe the right combo of options might work but it is not obvious.

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    Default Re: Mouse highlight copy / paste stopped working.

    Right-click on the Klipper icon in the system tray and select "Configure Klipper".
    Make sure that "Synchronise contents..." is checked.
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