I have just two buttons and a wheel on my mouse but I can paste by clicking the wheel. Clicking the wheel is entirely different than rotating the wheel. To copy I usually just hold the left button down and drag and when I relase the buttion my selection for copying is already in the buffer. Another alternative way to copy and paste is to drag accross what I want to copy while holding the left button and then then release the left button and without moving the mouse right-click and a small pop-up menu will appear from which I choose copy, cut or paste. To paste, I left-click on where paste and then release and right-click and select past from the pop-up menu to do the actual past.. I use Gnome so I am not sure if that would work the same in KDE or not.
What is tricky is that before I am ready to paste, I sometimes need to right click on something else for some reason before I am ready to paste and then accidently highlight just one letter or a space without noticing that I have done so. I then try to paste and all that gets pasted is the one letter or space that I accidently highlighted along the way.
There are some Linux programs that try to be more Windows like by using the Windows CTRL-C, CTRL-X and CTRL-V methods instead. A few programs such as Abiword seem to use some of both methods.. Digiot mentioned that there are two different buffers. I recently noticed that with Abiword when I was surprised to find that each of the two methods seems to use a different buffer. Pressing CTRL-V would cause one thing to be pasted and then I could click the middle mouse wheel and something different would be pasted. With other programs when copying and pasting from one program to another it seemed as if the same buffer was being used. In that case, in one program I had to left-click and drag to copy and then I had to use CTRL-V to paste that text into the other program. So anyway, when I was a newbie several years ago, that is how I was able to easily post my error messages or portions of configuration files to this forum.
Last edited by Rick485; 01-14-2005 at 07:19 AM.