I just installed elementary OS 5 Juno and realized that middle click pasting of marked text does not work in native apps anymore. In other apps, however, it works!

I've tested the following applications.

Works in:

  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • Spotify
  • LibreOffice Writer

Doesn't work in:

  • Code
  • Terminal
  • Music
  • Photos
  • AppCenter
  • App menu (is it called slingshot?)

All tests were done with mouse and trackpad. Middle click in mouse settings was enabled.

Does anyone know how to fix this or where I could file a bug report, since this seems to affect multiple apps?

2 Answers 2


I have the same situation as @Heiko.

Casually, I installed elementary-tweaks and disabled "Natural copy paste" in the Terminal subsection and now I can copy&paste with middle click from any app to the Terminal.

This would be a workarround.

  • Doesn't work for me, unfortunately.
    – magicalex
    Oct 28, 2018 at 12:40
  • Neither for me, no joy, searching the web for hours, no solution. Very frustrating!
    – 4levels
    Mar 1, 2019 at 16:08

I finally found out why it kept failing: somehow the gtk-enabe-primary-paste option was disabled. Re-enabling it finally solved it.


The other one to check is the natural copy paste option


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