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    How to copy and paste in PuTTY

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    PuTTY is one of the most popular open source terminal emulators and network file transfer applications on the market. Despite its widespread use and over 20 years of circulation, some basic features of the software are unclear to many users. 


    One of these features is the ability to copy and paste commands. If you have trouble entering commands from other sources, here's a guide to help you understand how to copy and paste commands in PuTTY.



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    How to copy and paste in PuTTY

    Do the Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V commands work in PuTTY?

    Unfortunately, the most popular Windows commands for copying and pasting don't work in the emulator. The particular reason behind this absence is unknown, but there are still other ways to insert the same code without using conventional methods.

    Method 1: copy and paste inside PuTTY

    As mentioned above, in PuTTY, the commands to copy and paste are useless and may even end up having negative effects. Here's how to properly transfer and recreate the code within PuTTY.


    1. Open the emulator and placing the mouse under the code, click and drag. This will highlight the text and at the same time copy it.



    2. Place the cursor on the position where you want to paste the text e right click.

    3. The text will be published in the new location.


    Method 2: Copy from PuTTY to local storage

    Once you understand the science behind copy and paste in PuTTY, the rest of the process becomes easier. To copy the command from the emulator and paste it into local storage, you will need to first highlight the command in the emulator window. Once highlighted, the code is automatically copied. Open a new text document and press Ctrl + V. Your code will be pasted.

    Method 3: how to paste the code into PuTTY

    Copying and pasting the code into PuTTY from your PC also follows a similar mechanism. Find the command you want to copy, highlight it and press Ctrl + C. This will copy the code to the clipboard. Open PuTTY and place your cursor where you want to paste the code. 


    Click with the key right mouse or press Shift + Insert key (Zero button on the right side) and the text will be pasted into PuTTY.


    Operating on PuTTY has been complicated since the software came out in 1999. However, with the simple steps mentioned above, you shouldn't have any difficulties in the future.


    We hope this guide was helpful and you were able to copy and paste into PuTTY. If you still have questions about this article, feel free to ask them in the comments section.

    Further Reading:

    • How to copy and paste on Mac
    • How to cut, copy and paste on a Mac
    • How to copy, cut and paste on a Windows PC
    • 3 solutions for when copy and paste doesn't work on Mac
    • 9 solutions for when copy-paste doesn't work on Windows 10
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