MobaXterm copy-paste keyboard shortcut keys and how to paste using right-click

MobaXterm is one of the first client tools for Windows that introduced many sys-admin and DevOps Engineer-friendly features. We shall cover one productivity hack of MobaXterm in this how-to guide.

How to copy-paste text or commands in MobaXterm?

In MobaXterm, Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V are not the default keys for Copying and pasting.

Here are the correct steps:

  • To Copy: Select the text area you want to copy (it will copy the selected content to the clipboard) 
  • To Paste: Right-click, and from the context menu, click on paste. OR Shift + Insert in keyboard

Enabling MobaXterm paste using the mouse to right-click (mouse right-click paste-like putty)

You can change settings in MobaXterm, to do paste action while right-clicking. Here is how to do this,

How to enable right-click paste?

  • Click on the Settings
  • Go to Configuration
  • Go to Terminal TAB
  • About the centre of the screen, there is a checkbox named Paste using right-click
  • Checking this box will enable the mouse to right-click the paste action!
  • Restart your MobaXterm to make this feature active. (close all MobaXterm sessions and start again)

Here is a demo:

Right-Click Paste MobaXterm
MobaXterm Mouse right-click to paste


If you want more MobaXterm productivity hacks, please check this section – MobaXterm How-To guides. MobaXterm is a powerful tool that can help you streamline your workflow and improve productivity. You can easily paste the text into the terminal without using the Ctrl+V keyboard shortcut by enabling the right-click context menu. This simple tip can save you time and make your work more efficient. Try it and see how it can simplify your work with MobaXterm!

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