I have looked all over the Net and can't find a way to disable middle-click paste in the Terminal application in Mavericks? I want it scroll but not paste.

Anybody know how to fix this? I'd sure appreciate the tip.


You can use Karabiner (formerly known as KeyRemap4MacBook) with the following setting in private.xml:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
        <name>Disable middle-click</name>
            __PointingButtonToKey__ PointingButton::MIDDLE, KeyCode::VK_NONE
  • This disables middle click globally, not just in Terminal.app. Is there a solution that only affects Terminal.app? – user148073 Mar 31 '16 at 18:18
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    @tubes See edit which restricts this to only when Terminal is the frontmost app. This is what I originally intended but the code to restrict it to Terminal wasn't included by the user who added the full private.xml wrapper. – grg Mar 31 '16 at 18:24
  • Is there a way to do this without Karabiner? Karabiner caused some problems (disabled my hyperdock window movement hotkeys somehow). I also couldn't find the private.xml file. :/ – CornSmith Oct 16 '17 at 16:50

I wasn't able to get Karabiner working, but you can use this to disable middle click (or anything else) globally: http://www.usboverdrive.com/USBOverdrive/Download.html

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