Questions tagged [copy-paste]

is about the editor operations cut, copy, and paste as they apply to Emacs. In Emacs, cut is called "kill" and paste is called "yank" (but Emacs enhances the standard cut and paste behavior).

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Binding XF86Cut and XF86Copy to Emacs Commands

I have a keyboard with dedicated keys for XF86Cut, XF86Copy, XF86Paste. I want to bind these to Emacs commands. The goal is get the usual behavior for cut-and-paste between Emacs, my terminal, and my ...
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Remove everything except match of regexp?

I have a file with a structure like: some text and numbers and a final number: 1.213,31 some other number 1231 and text again some text and a final number: 53,00 something else again a final number: ...
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Prompt for stdin via `shell-command`

Sometimes when I copy+paste into my spacemacs over SSH, I get some random garbage that seems to be due to spacemacs interpreting some of the pasted content as commands. In vim, my workaround is to run ...
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Cannot paste text copied from Emacs to synchronous subprocess

TL;DR When trying to paste text copied/killed in Emacs to another program while Emacs is waiting for a synchronous subprocess to finish, the target program hangs until Emacs becomes responsive again. ...
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Paste into org-mode: utf-8-unix cannot encode \207 for á, \222 for í

I'm learning emacs (on spacemacs) and focusing on orgmode. When I paste into an org-mode buffer from a non-english language that contains accents and other signs (in my case italian and spanish) I get:...
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How to overwrite by pasting a string without selecting a region?

I can't figure out how to paste a string, for example 145 characters long, into a text line in a way, that the next 145 characters after the string are overwritten by this string or simply erased. An ...
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Function to copy the whole line if no region is selected

I want to bind this function to M-w, so that it copies the region if one is selected, otherwise it copies the whole line silently, without having any other side-effects like moving the cursor to some ...
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kill-ring-save rectangle and paste transposed?

Suppose I have some code written like: a_to_b = self.tversky(a, b) b_to_c = self.tversky(b, c) d_to_e = self.tversky(d, e) e_to_f = self.tversky(e, f) g_to_h = self.tversky(g, h) I would like to ...
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Copy/Paste in terminal with Evil mode is confusing

In GUI emacs if I have two lines: 1.test 2.test And I did yy on the first line. when moving to the second line and doing p, the end result is: 1.test 2.test 1.test However in terminal mode, ...
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Duplicate draft in mu4e

I write a draft email in mu4e and want to re-use it for other recipients. I would like to copy everything in that draft to a new draft. I have not found a function completing mu4e-*duplicate. This ...
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How to copy the symbol name at point?

I want to copy the name of the symbol at point, without using the mouse. (global-set-key (kbd "C-s C-c") '<copy_word>) Possible word marking as i-search does on the following example usage (...
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Encrypt excerpts in org file (passwords only)

I keep project info in .org file together with passwords. When I share a screen it is annoying to show passwords in a buffer accidentally. I want to keep .org file in plain text format but mark some ...
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Pasting text into Emacs but preserving empty lines between paragraphs

When I copy text from another application and paste it into Emacs it removes all formatting including the empty lines between paragraphs. I would like to paste into Emacs and preserve the empty lines. ...
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emacs -nw mode, when you paste in some text from another application emacs sometimes misses parts or stops halfway. how can I mitigate it?

In macOS in emacs -nw mode, when you paste in some text from another application emacs sometimes misses parts or stops halfway. Often I see a tilde as the last character entered, when there wasnt even ...
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Copy to PRIMARY selection in command

I'm a novice in Lisp, so I feel like I'm missing something very basic here. My intention was to create a function/shortcut to remove all whitespace and newline chars from the selected text and copy ...
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emacs breaks down text snippet copied from another X Window application

When I select with a mouse a block of text in Firefox or VIM for example, copy it and then try to paste in Emacs, it gets pasted, but unaligned, meaning that beginning of the lines shift away to the ...
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Ctrl c Ctrl v copy paste in multi-term

I want to be able to copy paste using C-c and C-v when I edit a file and in multi-term. After more than a few hours I gave up. I would be thankful if anyone could tell me what the recommended way for ...
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emacs in putty session on fedora under virtual box on windows 10 hangs on X11 paste

I suffer a rangy environment where I typically will run emacs in a putty session on fedora under virtual box on windows 10. Sometimes (not all of the time), pasting into the emacs will hang the ...
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Almost working smoothly attempt to get terminal Emacs to copy to clipboard

I'm running this emacs GNU Emacs 25.2.2 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) of 2017-09-22, modified by Debian directly in a Gnome terminal by calling emacs, which is actually a link to /etc/alternatives/emacs. ...
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Copy-paste text among Split Window Buffers

Say I have split my main Emacs Window into 2 : LEFT and RIGHT. My cursor is currently in LEFT. How do I copy some text from LEFT to RIGHT without going to the RIGHT window?
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How can I copy text from read only buffer?

When read the org mode manual to provide support for the raised question. The contents in read-only buffer is causally need to be copied as reference here. Take the Org Capture Template as an ...
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Emacs equivalent of 'y%'

In normal mode in Vim, one can use y% to copy text between matching parenthesis. y starts the yanking command and % selects the matching closed or open parenthesis. What is the Emacs equivalent of ...
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Convert tabs to spaces when copying text to external applications

I use tabs in C/C++ but want to convert those tabs to spaces when copying code that I'm going to paste into an external program. However, I want the original code to retain tabs. Additionally (if ...
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Query replace a copied string by another copied one

Use case: I want to: copy a (long, not handy to manually type) newstring, replace all occurrences of another (long, not handy to manually type) string by newstring. Current process (not handy): ...
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Emacs or Spacemacs [duplicate]

Trying to understand who to copy/paste between Spacemacs or Emacs and terminal and browser. Using Spacemacs with Ubuntu 16.04 presently Tried configuring xcopy and confused about it. Can’t seem to ...
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Can I copy a date from M-x calendar into kill ring or buffer

I would like to be able to run M-x calendar, navigate to a date, press some keystroke which would do one of the following: place the selected date onto the kill ring or close the calendar and ...
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Inside isearch how to get mouse-2 clicked inside a frame to paste into echoarea?

When I search with C-s, I can paste a search term (copied outside of emacs frame) with either M-y or mouse-2 click focused inside echoarea. In xemacs it is enough to mouse-2 click inside the main ...
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How to select last pasted text

How can I select the last pasted text with regular Emacs? I would like to do the same thing as this Q&A, but I don't use evil mode.
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Copy/paste between SSH terminal Emacs and macOS

Suppose you are working in macOS, and you decide to SSH into a Linux box and fire up terminal Emacs. How do you copy and paste between macOS and your SSH terminal-Emacs? Copying and pasting between ...
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How to paste-then-copy?

I'm not sure whether anyone has ever implemented what I'm looking for, but maybe I'm just using the wrong terms to search for it. What I want to achieve is essentially a reverse copy and paste: I'm ...
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How can I yank images from Emacs?

I want to copy images from Emacs to macOS clipboard. I have tried selecting them and yanking, which hasn't worked. Google also didn't have a solution.
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Evil - don't yank with only whitespace to register

How can I configure Emacs in Evil mode to delete an empty line (d d) without copying it but still copy it when deleting a non-empty line?
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Copy/paste from Windows clipboard in WSL terminal

I know that question has been asked dozens of times now, but i have tried every possible suggestion i have found online - nothing worked. I can't figure out how can I copy/paste from my Windows 10 to ...
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Simple ways to copy/paste files and directories between dired buffers

Is there a simple M-w C-y approach to copy paste files and directories between two dired buffers? I mean marking some items (files and buffer) by m then copying them by M-w (or another shortcut), ...
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How to copy paste in OSX terminal in emacs?

According to the cheat sheet of Emacs, M-w to copy a highlighted text and C-y to paste it. M-w means command w which ultimately tries to kill the terminal?
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How to use Org pretty math expressions with clipboard?

Using org-toggle-pretty-entities, org-mode will convert text like ∫_ℝ f(x)dx = 1 ∑^N_{i=1} x_i to But if I want to copy that text to an outside application, it just shows up as it was originally ...
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How to better manage the copy/cut/paste shortcuts between emacs and the macOS clipboard?

I'm running spacemacs v.0.200.9 on emacs v.25.1.1, on macOS 10.11 and 10.12. And I'm not happy with how the clipboard works between the OS and emacs. Here's the behaviour I'd expect: [X] Cmd + c in ...
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Copy buffer content verbatim

Emacs uses overlays / prettify-symbols-mode / etc which modify how data is displayed to user. I like to copy visible content as I see it. For example I aligned columns in CSV file with M-x csv-align-...
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How to avoid term turn line wrap into line break for long output

When the output in term is longer than the frame it will wrap the line. But when I copy and paste the output, I found the output will break under the wrap point, because it treat it as line break. How ...
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Yanking line copies past kill-ring lines along with current

I'm using Emacs to create text to copy to another program, but I need to copy line by line. I'm using a variation of kill-ring-save I provide below. (defun my-kill-ring-save () (interactive) ...
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save-whole-line

kill-whole-line works as I want. It cuts the line, and when I'm in org-mode it cuts the whole collapsed subtree. What I need is just that as copy instead of cut. There is a multitude of suggestions ...
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How copy content of minibuffer to kill-ring?

Windows 10, Emacs 25, Helm How copy content of minibuffer to kill-ring?
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How to paste to another app from a shell script

I've been getting very vexed by the following. Goal: Take the clipboard contents and paste them into another application by using a shell script called by Emacs, followed by a Return. [This is for ...
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How to copy into mintty xterm clipboard from terminal emacs

My host machine is Windows, but I'm working in Linux virtualbox machine over ssh from mintty in MSYS2 environment. As you may know, in mintty you copy via C-insert and paste via C-S-insert. When I ssh ...
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Wanted: vim-like paste behavior from browse-kill-ring

When using the browse-kill-ring package to insert some text from the kill ring, the text always gets inserted before point. This is not intuitive to vim users who are used to pasted text being ...
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Copy/Paste relative links between buffers

How can I copy (relative) links and regions with (relative) links between buffers? Buffer c:\path\to\a\a.org contains links of the form * A section with links This is a link to another org-file [[...
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Evil paste behaviour

I'm noticing odd behaviour when I select some text with control-space and use p to paste -- in that the paste is done after the cursor character, rather than on the next line. Is that intentional, ...
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Copy Paste - Hard to use with one Hand

Coming from casual IDEs I used CUA mode. Switching back to the vanilla keymaps I noticed that M-w & C-y (copy&yank) is significant harder to use with one hand than Ctrl c & Ctrl v Why are ...
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How do I cut and paste effectively between applications while using EXWM?

For example, I am trying to copy the URL line from Firefox into an org mode buffer. The usual cut and paste keys for Firefox (C-c C-v) do not work, and neither does (M-w C-y). To copy from Firefox (...
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Copying an rectangular selection to system clipboard

Does anyone know a command or somtething to copy an rectangular selection (as with C-x r M-w / copy-rectange-as-kill) and put the killed rectangle into the system clipboard like with the kill-ring-...