I am trying to cut and paste text but the iTerm popup keeps impeding me. This is due to iTerm and not generally on macOS since I have set the lower right corner as context-menu /right click but I'm dragging on the left side of the trackpad.

This behavior is happening regularly and is quite aggravating. Is there an way to disable the popup ?

Details: I put one finger down, then the other and drag it. But there is an annoying couple second delay and then the popup instead of selecting text.

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  • What's your cut/paste method? I'm trying to figure out how that would invoke a right click.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 15, 2022 at 8:44
  • i'll add details Commented Sep 15, 2022 at 8:57

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I had a similar issue with the Context Menu key on my external keyboard, were it was pulling up random commands from my history in iTerm2. Sometimes I would accidentally hit that key and it started to get annoying so I fixed it.

What I did was:

  • go to the iTerm2 Settings window
  • in the Keys tab > Press +
  • Click Click to Set
  • Press the Context Menu key
  • Set it to Ignore > Click the OK button

Since your Paste shortcut is the Context Menu key + Right Click, maybe it will still work for you? I am curious now. Please let me know if you try it.

My context: I only use a Mac for work and I am by no means an OSX expert.

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    Nice answer. I'm not sure how to "press the Context Menu key". I'm actually curious if such a key even exists by default in macOS: i need to use the trackpad to do it presently Commented Aug 10, 2023 at 17:43

Looks like it is an advanced setting 'dictionary' lookup

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I set it to no . I am v skeptical of the decision to make this default to yes given how much aggravation it has been.

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