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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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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Lines cut off when pasting into emacs from outside source

When I paste a large selection of text (over 100 lines) into an Emacs buffer (using Apple-C and Apple-V, not kill and yank), the end of the selection gets cut off. This doesn't happen when I use Nano ...
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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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Cygwin mintty cut will paste to notepad, but (sometimes) not to cygwin emacs. Why? mouse-yank-primary?

I'm running Windows 7, cygwin emacs-w32 26.1, and mintty 2.9.6. When I select text in mintty (using the mouse), and paste (using C-v) into Notepad (for example), it works the way I would expect it to....
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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-...
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Copy part of the file in the buffer

I need to copy part of the file (with re-search-forward) to another file under the marker. I know how to use re-search-forward, but I have problems with buffer. Am i right with my logic? 1) open ...
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Copy non-printable characters as displayed by Emacs

Very similar to this question: Copy text as it is rendered by Emacs but what I need is to coy the ^M, ^E and so on characters as they are displayed. (Otherwise the text in clipboard gets truncated).
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copy/paste text use pdf-tools in emacs

when I use pdf-tools the text in it can't be copy/paste as normal I want to treat this pdf mode as a place where I get the information to use in emacs
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copy to clipboard without overwriting kill ring

I'm looking for a way to copy to clipboard from emacs without passing through the kill-ring, moving the marker or using the mouse. If I use x-select-enable-primary and x-select-enable-clipboard, I can ...
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How can Emacs mouse capture in an X11 based terminal be disabled to enable copy and past?

I am using Spacemacs in a terminal in a desktop, ie Konsole and when I try to copy and paste I see that emacs is capturing mouse clicks. Is it possible to disable Emacs mouse capture for copying and ...
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How to copy text from another application to emacs in ubuntu?

I am using emacs 23.3 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I am having problems trying to copy text from another application (most of the time, Firefox) to emacs. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Any way ...
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copy paste from/to GUI Emacs not working — Windows 7

I have an issue with copy and paste from or to Emacs (GUI); as precised in the title, I'm using Windows 7. The Emacs version is 25.1.1 kill and yank are working properly though ; to copy or paste, I ...
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how to paste with indent

the code block I copy outside emacs, which is not auto-indent when yanking in org type org-return-indent -> yank code block -> indent manually: *** headline | v *** headline { code ...
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Evil mode: How to run evil-indent on the text I've just pasted

When I copy line three below in evil-mode function foo() { } var bar; #copy and paste it at line two, I get function foo() { var bar; #paste } instead of the correctly indented function foo() { ...