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If I paste text from, for example, the browser into emacs, the emacs cursor is often already at the position where I want to paste the text. If I would use emacs in console mode, I could just move the mouse over the text and press the middle button (if I had gpm disabled). But when using emacs in X (window) mode, I have to move the mouse cursor at the exact position where I want to past the text.

Is there a way to tell emacs to use the current emacs cursor position for pasting, instead of the mouse cursor position?

I hope you get my problem. :-)

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Good question, I noticed I lacked this functionality in certain scenarios. But looking back I would say I prefer standard behavior in about half the cases. Would be nice to have both modes quickly accessible at all times. – Alexander Shcheblikin Feb 6 at 2:03

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Try this setting:

(setq mouse-yank-at-point t)
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Great, although this settings doesn't show up on M-x mouse-yank... auto-complete, it works when I put this in my .emacs :-) – Flow Sep 1 '11 at 19:44
That's because it's a variable, not a function. You could use M-x set-variable RET mouse-yank-at-point (and completion should work here) – Antoine Pelisse Sep 2 '11 at 11:39

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