How to Copy and Paste from the cygwin BASH Prompt

By default cygwin’s BASH shortcut will not allow you to copy/paste from the window. Below are simple instructions that explain how to copy/paste from the cygwin BASH prompt.

  1. Launch CYGWIN:Double click on the shortcut titled “Cygwin Bash Shell” which will look like the below.

    Cygwin Bash Shell 

  2. Open Window Properties: Right click on the top bar of the window and select Properties from the drop down menu.
  3. Select Quick Edit Mode: Place a check next to “Quick Edit Mode”  so it looks like the below.

    Cygwin Bash Shell Properties

    Now click OK which will pop open a new window that looks like the below.

    Cygwin Shortcut Properties

    Make sure to select the “Modify shortcut that started this window” radial button and click OK.

  4. Test and Verify: Now make sure you can copy and paste as you typically can in most DOS windows.

Thats all you have to do. You can obviously modify any of the other available settings and apply them to the shortcut as well.