How to turn on or off the feature that automatically copies selected text to the clipboard in the Terminal app

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This article guides users on toggling the “Automatically copy selection to clipboard” feature in the Windows Terminal app on Windows 11, suggesting it enhances convenience for frequent copiers but may be turned off for more control. Steps include accessing Terminal settings and adjusting the feature via the Interaction tab.

This article explains turning on or off the “Automatically copy selection to clipboard” feature in the Terminal app on Windows 11.

Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells, including Command PromptWindows PowerShell, and bash (via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)).

There are many customizations one can do with the Terminal app in Windows. You can change the languageadjust the launch sizeset the default profilechange the startup behavioropen the admin window, open Terminal automatically at startup, and more.

Another feature of the Terminal app is automatically copying selections to the clipboard.

Turning on or off the “Automatically copy selection to clipboard” feature in the Terminal app on Windows 11 can be useful for different reasons. If you frequently copy and paste text from the Terminal app to other applications, you may want to keep this feature turned on.

This will allow you to select text in the Terminal app and have it automatically copied to your clipboard without manually right-clicking and selecting “Copy.” However, if you prefer more control over what gets copied to your clipboard, you may want to turn this feature off.

This can help avoid accidentally copying sensitive information or unwanted characters to your clipboard. Whether to turn this feature on or off depends on your preferences and usage habits.

Automatically copy selection to clipboard in Terminal

As mentioned, users can enable or disable automatically copying selections to the clipboard in the Terminal app.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the Windows Terminal app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and searching for Terminal. Then, under “Best match,” select and open the Windows Terminal app.

Open the Windows Terminal app
Open the Terminal app on Windows.

When the Terminal app opens, click the down arrow button on the top bar and select Settings (Ctrl +,).

Open the Windows Terminal Settings
Windows Terminal Settings button updated

On the Settings window, click on the Interaction tab on the left. Then, select the “Automatically copy selection to clipboard” tile and toggle the switch button to the On position to enable it.

To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

Automatically copy selection to clipboard on or off buton

Click the Save button at the bottom to save your changes, then exit.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or off the “Automatically copy selection to clipboard” in the Terminal app. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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