I am a vim user and I need to use CTRL+V from time to time. Currently it pastes clipboard contents into terminal. In Luna, CTRL+SHIFT+V was used for pasting. How can I change the behavior of the terminal?

I don't want to remap the CTRL+V action.

Thanks in advance, Magnus.

  • This is only partially related, but maybe still worth mentioning: SHIFT+INS does the same thing. Something that I found very useful on MS DOS, if I remember correctly...
    – Paul
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 17:23

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The ability to paste clipboard contents into the terminal using the standard Ctrl + V shortcut is called "natural-copy-paste" and you can disable it in the dconf settings.

If you haven't already done so, install dconf editor using this command:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Open dconf editor and navigate to org > pantheon > terminal > settings. Once you're there, you can untick the option.

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Now pasting into the terminal using Ctrl + V no longer works, and the former default shortcut (Ctrl + Shift + V) is restored.

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    For elementary OS 5.0 Juno the correct path is: io.elementary.terminal.setttings
    – epergo
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 10:04

If you prefer to do things in the terminal, simply run:

gsettings set io.elementary.terminal.settings natural-copy-paste false

Before Elementary OS 5.0, it was:

gsettings set org.pantheon.terminal.settings natural-copy-paste false

For Elementary OS 5.x Juno, it has been set to a new location:

gsettings set io.elementary.terminal.settings natural-copy-paste false


The 5.5.0 release of Terminal (4th Jan 2020) added the option to toggle Natural Copy/Paste in the Settings menu: https://github.com/elementary/terminal/releases/tag/5.5.0 So now you can change this via the UI.

This was also mentioned in Elementary's blog: https://blog.elementary.io/hera-updates-for-january-2020/#terminal

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