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My years of habit in Windows have imprinted on me that Ctrl+X == Cut, Ctrl+C == Copy, and Ctrl+V == Paste everywhere (including Vim and Emacs). Now I've started using Ubuntu at work, and this has been the single biggest stumbling block so far. Can I somehow enable these shortcuts for all Ubuntu programs?

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This is probably a bad way to teach yourself vim/emacs. What other programs are affected? – RJFalconer Apr 21 '10 at 20:54
Most graphical apps that I have used honor the copy/cut/paste functionality. However you are out of luck with Terminal apps. – Chris Nava Apr 21 '10 at 21:12
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Those shortcut keys work just the same in Ubuntu.

They only don't work on the terminal which, as Ignacio explains, have deeper roots than cut, copy, and paste.

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Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V have very-long-established meanings within a terminal, which can't be overridden. You'll have to get to using Ctrl-Shift-C and Ctrl-Shift-V instead within a terminal.

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