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Middle mouse pasting

 2:50 am on May 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

Does anyone know how to prevent the middle mouse button from pasting into documents?

Specifically this is Klipper and Kate: Accidentally depress the middle mouse button when scrolling down a page (a very annoying habit I've only recently acquired) and whatever is top of the clipboard gets pasted into the file without my noticing. I've checked several "short-cut" places but can't find the button.



 11:49 am on May 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

AFAIK you need this is done at the X-Windows level, not by the Window manager or the applications.

This should still work: [wiki.ubuntu.com ]

If it does not work, and I do not think it will for a USB mouse (at least), try this: [alanbriolat.co.uk ]

Funny how a behaviour I think is really useful seems to irritate so many people!


 1:43 am on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thanks, Graeme. Looks too complicated at this time in the morning. I'll look into it when I wake up. :)

My problem is two-fold. As I said, I tend to scroll down documents using the wheel, which I didn't used to do and wish I could break the habit. Second, I have two mice side-by-side for my two machines and I sometimes hit the wheel accidentally, since it sticks up more than the other buttons.


 10:54 am on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

YOu could also try Xbindkeys


 9:10 pm on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

Not sure what that is but I'll look into it. Thanks. :)


 9:50 pm on May 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the info, Graeme, but the solutions seem to affect ALL use of the middle button. I need the button to open new tabs in Firefox so killing it altogether is a bit drastic. Guess I'll just have to learn not to use the scroll-wheel. :(

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