I am using Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and emacs 23.3.1. In the Terminal I can mark text with the mouse, copy it with CMD-C and paste it with CMD-V. This is all I need and it works great, even within emacs. Which is important for me, since I'm still not very comfortable with it.

The only problem is, I have to use the mouse! How can I select the text with keyboard only? Is there really no solution?

It seems like someone else had a similar question, though the unsatisfying answers (for me) suggest otherwise.

  • You could use Emacs, as suggested in that answer, or screen or tmux, which both provide a layer between the terminal and the programs running within, and support keyboard commands for navigating/searching the terminal contents. – Chris Page Jul 4 '12 at 3:21
  • @ChrisPage Stop it. – Daniel Beck Jul 5 '12 at 5:38
  • @DanielBeck Could you elaborate? – Chris Page Jul 9 '12 at 0:35
  • @ChrisPage My comment was referring to your deleted comment (moderators seem to agree) urging the user to ask this question on a different site. – Daniel Beck Jul 9 '12 at 6:45
  • @DanielBeck Is there some way for me to see the deleted comment so I can figure out exactly what this is about? Also, is there a way to send messages to users—say, you—without using this question’s comments to do it? – Chris Page Jul 12 '12 at 5:57

Short of using some fancy scripting you can't select text without the mouse. Alternatively you could use a terminal command like screen but then that isn't interacting with Mac clipboard.

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  • Thank you for the answer ClarkGoble. I was afraid this would be the case. Isn't that something that thousands of OS X users want? – user1323995 Jul 5 '12 at 7:05
  • Your best alternative is to use iTerm2 instead of Terminal. It does allow mouse less copy. link – ClarkGoble Jul 9 '12 at 1:42
  • Thank you so much ClarkGlobe! iTerm2 seems to be very nice, and yes you can copy&paste text without the mouse, though only one line max and its a bit clumsy. Still better than nothing. Plus, I love full screen mode! Still, it bugles my mind, that this is even an issue ... – user1323995 Jul 11 '12 at 7:20

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