I pressed Ctrl + Alt + t while having Chrome open to open a terminal in my Chromebook. How do I paste content into this terminal copied from another tab in Chrome?

I have tried Ctrl + v to no avail. I have also tried highlighting text and pasting it via the middle button on my mouse, which failed too.

I have also read this article (http://www.servercobra.com/nothing-but-chromebook-for-a-week/) and tried triple clicking my touch pad, but it isn't working for me.

  • shift insert maybe? The middle mouse botton trick is for X, and i don't seem to think that chromeos uses x
    – Journeyman Geek
    Jun 7, 2012 at 0:17
  • Here is how the keyboard for Chromebooks looks like: apcmag.com/images/2011/chromebook-keyboard.jpg Where is the ins key?
    – David Faux
    Jun 7, 2012 at 0:25
  • My bad there. Hence is being a comment, and not an answer ;)
    – Journeyman Geek
    Jun 7, 2012 at 0:30
  • Thanks, I appreciate the knowledge though. I did not know that you can paste with those keys in Linux.
    – David Faux
    Jun 7, 2012 at 0:36
  • Pressing Ctrl-Alt-/ will bring up a keyboard map where you can hold down Ctrl, Shift, Alt, Search and combinations of those buttons to find the key combinations for keys not on the keyboard. On my Asus C300, Search-. (period) generates an "Insert" keystroke.
    – cjs
    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:23

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Ctrl + Shift + v works for me in crosh. Chrome OS Version 21.0.1180.83.


I haven't tried crosh, but maybe it is shift+ins, like in a linux terminal.

  • Thanks, what do you think of my comment above?
    – David Faux
    Jun 7, 2012 at 0:25

Doing a two finger click, aka right click, works too.

Right click is a common way of pasting on many *nix systems.

  • nd it's the middle button, not the right button, that's the common way of pasting on Unix systems. Anyway, oddly enough, tapping the pad with two fingers did not work for me, but pressing the pad with two fingers (which produces an audible and tactile "click") did.
    – cjs
    Feb 17, 2016 at 10:28
  • You're right, it's the middle button on most *nix systems. It's been ages since I've last used a 3 button mouse. As for the tap vs click, it might be a configuration issue - I'm using non-default configuration on Samsung Chromebook - YMMV
    – CyberFonic
    Feb 19, 2016 at 4:21

Just press Ctrl+Shift+T and bookmark it then you can probably move the bookmark onto a separate page.


If you want to simulate Ctrl + Insert on a Chromebook you can press the

Ctrl + search key + period key (.)

at the same time. The search key is located above the shift key on the left. Shift + Insert can be done via

Shift + search key + period key

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