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Emacs' name for 'paste' (the one that goes together with copy).

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How to strip/normalise indent on paste?

It's often the case that I want to move a code block from one place to another that has a different level of indent. Here's an example Haskell snippet: someFunc = withSystemTempDirectory "test&...
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Searching for text fragments by character text properties

The text to be processed has special words marked with a special font. The required text is copied to the clipboard with the mouse (from firefox). The text is pasted into the clipboard emacs("...
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can't use `isearch-yank-word-or-char` in minibuffer-local-map?

I'd like to have occur's prompt in the minibuffer do the same that isearch does: C-w inserts the word at point in the main buffer into the minibuffer prompt. That keybinding, when doing isearch, calls ...
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How can I keep the default `yank-pop` behaviour after installing swiper?

Swiper replaces the behaviour of the M-y command (yank-pop) with its own implementation, which shows the contents of the kill ring. I like the default behaviour of M-y prior to installing this package ...
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How to bring the deleted region back if I abort yanking with `M-y`?

I have the following configuration in my init.el: (use-package delsel :demand t :config (delete-selection-mode +1)) When I do yank-pop with M-y while a region is selected, it deletes the ...
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How to transpose a pair of words?

Suppose I have the following text: :lacerte-attach-statement-type "suffix" :data-automation-id "OSICtrlE15-140" And I would like to have: :data-automation-id "OSICtrlE15-140&...
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Is it possible to use counsel-yank-pop (or something similar) to get the job done of pasting from the clipboard-ring in the mini-buffer?

This is my emacs init file. As you see, I use command counsel-yank-pop. And I even did a keybinding for it with: ;; =counsel-yank-pop= enhances built-in =yank-pop=. (global-set-key (kbd "M-y"...
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how to move `consult-yank-pop` selected entry to top of kill ring after selection?

I'm using the package consult, so after I press M-y (consult-yank-pop) without pressing C-y (yank) first, I get a list for me to choose. Say, I get the list in the kill ring as a b c d If I navigate ...
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How to repeat the last yank command N times?

I'm just not able able to replicate the answer on this. Starting with: lipsum I do (my interpretaton): Alt-W over the word (copy) Enter (new line) Ctrl-Y (paste) Alt-2 Ctrl-X z (repeat last two ...
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How to access the last-yanked text programmatically?

How can I use the last thing yanked in a command I'm writing? For example, if the last text I yanked was "test" I want to use this string somehow in my command. (I use avy and evil.)
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Default yank keyboard shortcut does not work

I am using Emacs 27.1 (GNU Emacs 27.1 (build 1, x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.24.24, cairo version 1.16.0) of 2021-03-28, modified by Debian). When I hover the mouse pointer over the "copy&...
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How to yank character under cursor?

I want to copy just one character underneath the cursor. Its not ascii, so I can't type it. Is there a function or key that allows for this? Vanilla emacs welcome, though evil and spacemacs answers ...
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How to modify text that's yanked?

I copy text from websites and paste/yank into emacs buffers. But this text sometimes has silent hyphens in them. The behaviour when copying and pasting text with soft hyphens in it varies across ...
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How to have yank visually flash the pasted text

I'd like to be able to paste text into a buffer and have emacs give a visual confirmation by flashing the region (highlighting and unhighlighting) the text that was pasted in the buffer. Is there an ...
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Spacemacs, Lisp, Pasting and the missing Space

When editing Lisp or Clojure in Spacemacs (Emacs with Evil) I find the pasting behavior anoying. Say I have yanked bar and want to paste it as a parameter to (foo) so I get (foo bar). The problem is, ...
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Removing unwanted colors (and other decorations) from yanked text

I have a Java properties file that, when opened with Emacs, shows up in a color coded form, as below: I also have a simple text file. When I yank something from the properties file into the text file,...
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Possible to access the second-last clipboard contents (clipboard history)

Is there a way to access the second last value of the clipboard in Emacs? I assume it's possible to make this work within Emacs. Intercept the copy function. Read the clipboard and add it to a list. ...
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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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Yanking does not use top entry in the kill ring

I want to delete regions without adding them to the kill ring following this thread: (defun backward-kill-word-no-kill-ring () "Delete the previous word and remove it from the kill ring." (...
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wrong-type-argument from insert yank

I'm looking for ways to get the last copy from the kill ring in Emacs. I run (insert (yank))[cursor] with C-x C-e and I get this *Backtrace*: Debugger entered--Lisp error: (wrong-type-argument ...
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How to save clipboard or (car kill-ring) as string

OS Debian GNU/Linux 7 emacs-24.3 I want to save the content of the clipboard or the last item of the kill-ring (depending whats newer) as a string so that I can do stuff with it in a eLisp function. ...
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How to stop web-mode from reindenting after yank?

I'm editing this code: callFunction({ x: somearray, }); Then I want to extract somearray to be a variable with a copy. I cut somearray and delete the colon, then enter (_ is the cursor): const ...
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Highlight yanked region during sequence of yank-pop's until mark is moved away

I sometimes find myself yanking a large chunk C-y and then cycling M-y through some previous kills. This can feel visually noisy to me, i.e. during the sequence of replaces it's easy to lose track of ...
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Rotate the yanking ring

I have such a table | C | M | |---------------------+---------------------| | Character | Word | |---------------------+----------...
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Why isn't the flushed output from my Emacs shell buffer getting into the kill ring?

Following the advice given on p. 121 of Learning GNU Emacs, 2nd Ed., I'm entering the command sequence: C-c C-o, immediately after executing a command in my Emacs shell buffer. And I'm seeing the ...
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Using a predefined Regex on a yank

can you please help me to write a small emacs function? This is the first lisp function I am writing and I think I am getting confused with point and mark placement. I want to write a function that ...
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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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Trying to copy everything between double quotes, and then make a list of everything that was copied

So I have a defun that I made that is supposed to copy every thing that is between double quotes and then make a list of everything that was copied. I don't know what the problem is, but it doesn't ...
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adhoc emacs Elisp command to send emacs clipboard text to osx clipboard

When you press 'y' (elfeed-search-yank) in an elfeed-search buffer, the selected entry's permalink url is copied to the emacs clipboard. I don't have any automatic clipboard sync packages installed, ...
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How to get mouse copy like done on Lisp Machine Zmacs/ZWEI?

I'd like my emacs v25.3.1 running on Mac OS X to have a mouse middle button functionality that copies what you mouse middle on to the insertion point in your buffer. This is great when writing code ...
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helm-show-kill-ring disregards the selection

When I select entries (with C-<SPACE>) in helm-show-kill-ring and press either Enter or F1, it disregards the selection and yanks the entry currently under cursor. Why would this be the case and ...
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yanking earlier kills not working

I followed the tutorial verbatim and I am unable to yank earlier kills. I have looked online for support, but noone else seems to have this problem. Kill a line, move around, kill another line. ...
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after previous `counsel-yank-pop`, `yank` the last yanked entry

short: after a counsel-yank-pop, yank does not yank the same entry. How can I achieve that behavior? long: Having a kill-ring like: foo bar baz When doing a C-y (yank) and M-y (yank-pop) 'bar' ...
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Can I programmatically get access to the yanked region?

You are likely to want to do things to the text that you just yanks / pasted (wrap it in brackets etc). Is there a way to know what you just yanked? If so I would quite like select it (put the mark ...
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quickly kill and then yank parts of a program

I very often encounter the problem that I have to cut out a part of an expression and need to copy it somerhere else. For example the following python line: courtage_text = data["expose"]["brokerage"]...
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Gathering scattered text to a single location

I am looking for an easy way to gather blocks of text that are scattered throughout an emacs or org-mode document and move (or copy, but move would be preferred) them to a single location. (For ...
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What's the most efficient, idiomatic way to paste-and-replace in Emacs?

I often do something like this: Copy some stuff Go to where I need to paste it Paste it (C-y) Kill the rest of the line (C-k) Select what I just pasted, and copy it again Repeat steps 2-5 The whole "...
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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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Function to duplicate and mark duplicated text

In order to be able to chain the following command, I need the yanked text to be marked. That is because the end goal is to call (pop kill-ring) so that I can still use whatever was at the top of the ...
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dealing with s-expressions in javascript without paredit

I was using paredit for other languages apart from lisp and it was great for being able to delete and yank whole functions etc. but it was also quite buggy with web-mode and js2-mode. Fir example, I ...
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Accidental yank or paste into org buffer

EDIT: I closed and reopened Emacs again and the same behavior happened. But this time the text inserted was from my last kill or M-w—(add-hook 'before-save-hook 'time-stamp)—to copy it to the system ...
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Paste Windows clipboard with Shift-Insert but not by yanking

I am using Emacs 24.4 on Windows 10. I only ever use it in -nw (no-window) mode. I would like Emacs to paste from the Windows clipboard only on Shift-Insert and not on yank (Ctrl-y). I have tried ...
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What is the problem with this yank function in elisp in emacs?

Idea I will like to construct a simple emacs function that copies the yy functionality in vim. The function should yank a visual-line into kill ring without deleting the line. Function Here is ...
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How can I change yank/delete to show relative line numbers during the yank/delete in evil?

I use evil via spacemacs. When I use yank, it’s mostly whole line numbers – like y20y. To a lesser extent, this is often true of delete – d10d Is there anything I can add to my Spacemacs config to ...
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isearch looses focus when trying to paste into the isearch buffer

strange issue. when i launch isearh and want to paste text into it, after pressing C-s the paste (S-insert) always pastes the text to the current edited buffer and not the isearch window. has anyone ...
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What is the difference between kill-ring-save and copy-region-as-kill?

These two commands seem identical to me. What am I missing?
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I got error when using command yank

When I typed C-y to call yank, I got this. apply: Symbol's value as variable is void: n Debugger entered--Lisp error: (void-variable n) ad-Advice-current-kill( ... [interprogram-paste-function ...
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Copy current URL from web browser from Emacs while editing

When editing code or org-mode, I often need the URL of the page I'm viewing in Google Chrome. Is there a way to do this from Emacs? Or with an external helper script if necessary? An example use ...
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How do I yank and cycle backward through earlier killed text?

Emacs has this very handy kill-ring that can be cycled through after yanking, by pressing M-y repeatedly. Is there a way to switch the cycling direction? So I don not need to cycle through all when I ...
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Kill and yank (append?) text from buffer to bottom of same buffer

I want to be able to kill selected text and yank it to the bottom of the buffer from which it was killed. How do I do this efficiently, meaning not with C-k, moving point to end of buffer, C-y?
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