I can’t believe this. Every time I think I know a lot about my favorite Desktop Environment it gets better. When you run Klipper, the KDE clipboard tool, you can specify an option – accessible from its system tray icon, called “Synchronize Clipboard Contents With Selection”, and what this wonderful option does it make it so that wherever you are in KDE, when you select some text, it automatically copies over to the clipboard. That’s it. One option is all it takes to save countless right-click->Copy operations. I haven’t tried it out with images yet, but I rarely copy images to the clipboard – mostly I just save them and open them.
I highly recommend, even if you think you know KDE like the back of your hand, to explore the options available to you. Chances are you’ll find some astounding things.
Yet Another Linux Blog has a great entry about more of Klipper’s features, including the ability to automatically run certain commands when you select text, based on the contents of that text!