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Using Windows Copy and Paste Hotkeys in SecureCRT®

Note: This tip is for use with SecureCRT for Windows.

SecureCRT provides you with a number of ways to copy and paste to and from the terminal screen. One option, Use Windows copy and paste hotkeys, allows you to use familiar Windows copy and paste keystrokes in the terminal window.

In most cases, programmers, Emacs users, and others who work in their terminal window all day need to have Use Windows copy and paste hotkeys turned off so that they can send control sequences like CTRL+A, CTRL+C, CTRL+F, and CTRL+V to the remote. Use Windows copy and paste hotkeys is turned off by default.

When you turn on the Use Windows copy and paste hotkeys option, these key sequences will have their standard Windows meanings. This is especially useful if you are accustomed to using Windows commands.

To enable the CTRL+C, CTRL+V, CTRL+A, and CTRL+F accelerator keys for copy, paste, select all, and find, respectively, follow these steps:

1. Select the Terminal / Emulation / Mapped Keys category in the Session Options dialog.

2. Select the Use Windows copy and paste hotkeys option.

3. A message box will appear with the following warning:

WARNING: Turning on Use Windows copy and paste hotkeys will disable your ability to send CTRL+C, CTRL+V, CTRL+A, and CTRL+F to the remote host. Most UNIX users should leave this option off.

4. Click on the OK button on the Warning dialog.

5. Click on the OK button at the bottom of the Session Options dialog.

Note: SecureCRT's default copy and paste hotkeys, CTRL+SHIFT+C (copy) and CTRL+SHIFT+V (paste) can be used whether or not the Use Windows copy and paste hotkeys option is enabled.

You can read more about different ways to copy and paste text to and from the terminal screen in the SecureCRT application Help. In the SecureCRT Help index, click on Copying, and then select Copying and Pasting.