Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is there any way of selecting a text with keyboard the way I do it normally using Shift+arrows.

share|improve this question

migrated from stackoverflow.com Dec 20 '09 at 18:30

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

    
I think it is impossible. :( –  Lucas Jones Dec 20 '09 at 18:28

7 Answers 7

From the PuTTY manual:

PuTTY's copy and paste works entirely with the mouse. In order to copy text to the clipboard, you just click the left mouse button in the terminal window, and drag to select text. When you let go of the button, the text is automatically copied to the clipboard. You do not need to press Ctrl-C or Ctrl-Ins; in fact, if you do press Ctrl-C, PuTTY will send a Ctrl-C character down your session to the server where it will probably cause a process to be interrupted.

share|improve this answer

so far as I know, there is no means of copying a selected area from the putty window to the Windows clipboard without using the mouse. there is a feature request on the putty site specifically for this functionality.

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/wishlist/keyboard-copy.html

the only way to copy information from the putty window to the Windows clipboard with a keyboard shortcut is to use the app system menu "copy all to clipboard" (which you can invoke from alt-space, provided you set the "Window > Behavior > System menu appears on ALT-Space" option configured in putty.

Pasting from the Windows clipboard into putty can be done with Shift-Insert.

If you need to copy and paste only within the terminal window itself, refer to either the man page for the shell you're using or consider using the unix "screen" app ('man screen' for more info), which allows text selection for copy / paste within the terminal window (similar to how vi's copy / paste works). an excerpt from the man pages:

   C-a esc     (copy)        Enter copy/scrollback mode.

   C-a ]       (paste .)     Write the contents of the paste buffer to the
                             stdin queue of the current window.

   C-a {
   C-a }       (history)     Copy and paste a previous (command) line.

   C-a >       (writebuf)    Write paste buffer to a file.

   C-a <       (readbuf)     Reads the screen-exchange file into the paste
                             buffer.

   C-a =       (removebuf)   Removes the file used by C-a < and C-a >.
share|improve this answer
    
Link ( chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/wishlist/… ) is broken =( –  xgMz Nov 27 '12 at 5:45

I use GNU screen,

I also have this in my screenrc to play nicely with vim:

register [ "\033:se paste\015a"
register ] "\033:se nopaste\015a\033"
bind ^] paste [.]

A friend of mine has a hook in screen to copy the "screen clipboard" to one or both of the x clipboards (selection or clipboard) and I believe putty does the needed translations. I'll try to dig it up.

You can probably arrange the same thing with xclip, the incantation you're looking for should be using xclip -selection clipboard

I'd test quickly to see if xclip -selection clipboard -o spits out the contents of your clipboard.

share|improve this answer

This may be more of a workaround than a solution.

Within vim, if you want to copy a block that you selected in visual mode (usually a block that spans many pages), you can write it to a file (by typing :w filename.txt while the text is selected and while you're still in visual mode). Once you've done that, you can:

  1. Open the file in a Windows editor if it's mounted over Samba
  2. Read the file contents via Apache or an FTP server
  3. Email the file as an attachment (see command below -- requires Mutt):

    echo "My Message Body" | mutt -s "my subject line" -a filename.txt -- recipient@email-server.com
    

Personally I prefer option 1.

share|improve this answer

To work around this problem, run PuTTY in a Windows console replacement such as ConEmu or SuperPutty.

share|improve this answer
    
How do you do this in SuperPutty? –  grokster Jan 15 at 1:35

Another somewhat makeshift suggestion is to activate Mouse Keys within Windows. In Windows 7 it's under the Ease of Access Center.

  1. Click "Make the mouse easier to use".
  2. Check on the checkbox that says "Turn on Mouse Keys".
  3. Click on "Set up Mouse Keys" for additional settings.

The default Mouse Keys hotkey is Alt + Shift + NumLock.

Hopefully hitting this key combination won't interfere with your session (or just Alt + Tab out and activate it from outside putty). I believe hitting 0 on the numpad starts a click lock, allowing you to drag over the portion of text you want to highlight/copy.

share|improve this answer

control+insert = copy

shift+insert = paste

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.