In Terminal.app, when I select some text and start typing again, the text selection is gone. I personally find this very annoying. Is there a way to make Terminal.app keep the selection when I type?

  • Can you be more descriptive about the problem you're having? Because I opened up Terminal right now, selected some text, and it didn't disappear when I typed.
    – Dante
    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:51
  • Sorry if I didn't the question precisely: The text itself stays there, but it's not selected any more when you type again.
    – Kiezpro
    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:29
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    There's probably no solution for this, but maybe iTerm does it (haven't tried)? Sep 14, 2011 at 14:15
  • I've actually seen this feature in iTerm on another guy's computer, which prompted me to ask. iTerm is very nice, but I've been using Terminal.app so much that I'd find it hard to switch.
    – Kiezpro
    Sep 14, 2011 at 21:52
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    Terminal.app has the very nifty feature that you can use CMD+Shift+V to paste the selected text in the same tab without using the clipboard. You can achieve the same with a middle click (which is why I'm using Better Touch Tool to have a third button on my Magic Mouse). This is very useful as I usually just want to paste a file name or path that has been printed by a previous command as an argument on the command line.
    – Kiezpro
    Sep 15, 2011 at 6:20

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So, I decided to give iTerm2 a spin after I hadn't looked at it in quite a few years. I have to admit that (with a little tweaking) it's actually a lot better than Terminal.app in many major and minor aspects. I have yet to find something that Terminal.app does better. So I guess that I'll just stick with iTerm2.

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