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How can I copy and paste text between Maple and other applications?

The usual mouse operations won't always work for copy-and-paste in the X version of Maple: the right mouse key now brings up a "context menu" in worksheets, and the interaction between the Maple clipboard and the X clipboard does not always work as expected.

Maple has internal editing features similar to a word-processor: to copy, left-click and drag the mouse to highlight a selection, then select "Copy" under the Edit menu, or use Ctrl-Insert; to paste, select "Paste" from the Edit menu, or use Shift-Insert. If you have xclipboard open, this won't work.

The usual cut-and-paste mouse operations work inside Maple as long as you avoid the right button (i.e., copy using left-drag rather than click-left-click-right). They also work for copying from another application to Maple, but not vice versa. To copy from a Maple worksheet to another application:

  1. Bring up xclipboard by typing "xclipboard &" or "xclipboard -w &" at the athena% prompt (the -w flag turns on line-wrapping).
  2. Highlight the text (left-click and drag the mouse), then select "Copy" under the Edit menu (or Ctrl-Insert from the keyboard). The copied text will appear on the xclipboard.
  3. Use the usual mouse operations for copy-and-paste from xclipboard to the other application.

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December 15, 2010

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