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I have tried doing that but I guess I must be doing something wrong. I am in Gnome, I launch a terminal and I type a command (ex. ifconfig), I then get a response. If I want to paste the response in gedit, do I only highlight the response with my mouse (no right click) and then go to gedit and then click on the paste button or ctrl + v? I tried that and it did not work. I must be missing something.
If you have a 3 button mouse, or a wheel mouse, you can just highlight the text you want in the terminal, then go to the area you want to paste, and click your middle mouse button or your wheel. However, if you've got a 2 button mouse, you'll have to make sure that "Emulate3buttons" is not commented out (doesn't have a # at the beginning of the line) in your /etc/X11/XF86Config. All you have to do is highlight the text you want to copy, then go the area you want to paste and then simultaneously click your left and right mouse buttons. Easy as that. Hope this helps.