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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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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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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Emacs takes a very long time to read/save to the clipboard

Sometimes emacs takes a very long time (+ 30 seconds) to read from or save to the system (Linux) clipboard. The entire emacs session hangs while it does this and I can't cancel it with C-g or ESC ESC ...
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How do I get the highlight region mouse and yank functionality work like Emacs 21.3 in a newer version?

Recently at work (a small academic department, absolutely no Emacs support) we upgraded from Emacs version 21.3.1 to 24.3. In version 21 marking a region with the mouse will put the highlighted text ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to get copy & paste to be context-aware wrt whitespace and formatting?

When I copy a word and paste it at the end of an existing sentence (between the last word and the full stop), I'd like it to be pasted in such a way that the space between the pasted word and the ...
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Unicode character escape sequences instead of text upon mouse-2 paste from other windows

I am having a weird problem with emacs: When pasting non-ascii text, e.g. € from X-clipboard with the middle mouse button into x-enabled emacs I get Unicode character escape sequences, e.g. \u20ac ...
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Copy/Paste&Cut with Spacemacs on Terminal

I'm new with emacs, and I'm a developer that uses IDE to develop, and I want to learn emacs. I choose Spacemacs as customization because I think has a good keybinding for me, but now I miss a feature ...
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Why is a TAB character added when using kill-rectangle and yank-rectangle to insert multiple rows into an org-mode table?

I noticed an annoying behaviour when copying multiple rows (a list) from a web page into an org-mode table, following a process inspired by Is it possible to copy /paste multiple lines of text into ...
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Copy/Paste (yank) problems with emacs in WSL2 with VcXsrv (from clipboard)

I have two problems with emacs when I'm using it with WSL2 and VcXsrv. When I copy something out of emacs and paste/yank it in a buffer, it usually works smoothly except for two cases: If I select ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...