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    Question How to copy/paste like in Windows?

    Hi,

    I have been looking for info about this but couldn't find any solution.

    As far as I understand in Linux one can not disable the automatic copy-on-select. Unfortunately this is a usability problem (at least for me). I am used to replacing text in Windows like this:


    1. Copy the new text
    2. Select the one to be replaced
    3. Press CTRL+V and replace it


    But the last step seems impossible in Linux because step 2 replaces what is in clipboard. Not sure why it was designed to work like this, it doesn't seem useful. Additionally that might be a security problem: Accidentally copying by simple selection and then pasting private info just with a random mouse click.

    I wonder if there is a solution to this?

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    Default Re: How to copy/paste like in Windows?

    Which desktop environment are you using?

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    Default Re: How to copy/paste like in Windows?

    KDE and XFCE

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    Default Re: How to copy/paste like in Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by heyjoe View Post
    KDE and XFCE
    I would copy the new text
    Select the new text to be replaced and delete (press delete).
    Then do paste (CTRL+Shift+V)

    Does that work for you?

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    Default Re: How to copy/paste like in Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by deano_ferrari View Post
    I would copy the new text
    Select the new text to be replaced and delete (press delete).
    Then do paste (CTRL+Shift+V)

    Does that work for you?
    Actually, I've just tested the behaviour in kwrite and I don't need to delete, just select as you first described. So, it does work for me.

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    Default Re: How to copy/paste like in Windows?

    Sorry, I meant Ctrl+V (Ctrl+Shift+V is for konsole of course).

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    Default Re: How to copy/paste like in Windows?

    Here (in kwrite) CTRL+V pastes the last selected text, not the one copied via CTRL+C

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    I actually haven't noticed this, everything works as in Windows, but I use LXDE. However, the clipboard is indeed copying for selection, I always select what I'm reading at the moment, and now the clipboard is full of these sentences. xD However, I can right click on the clipboard icon, and click on preferences, and modify the copy-paste behaviour.

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    Default Re: How to copy/paste like in Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kry View Post
    I actually haven't noticed this, everything works as in Windows, but I use LXDE. However, the clipboard is indeed copying for selection, I always select what I'm reading at the moment, and now the clipboard is full of these sentences. xD However, I can right click on the clipboard icon, and click on preferences, and modify the copy-paste behaviour.
    I agree that maybe it is just a matter of configuring Klipper (which I've never needed to do as it works as expected for me).

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    Default Re: How to copy/paste like in Windows?

    @heyjoe: Check that 'Synchronise contents of the clipboard and the selection' is not enabled in 'Configure Klipper...'.

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