A powerful idiom where one object gets copied into a clipboard so that it can be pasted elsewhere.

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Is it possible to copy and paste iCal events in iPad / iPhone?

Is there any way to copy an event in iCal in iPad or iPhone and paste it to a different day? At times, I want to keep the original calendar entry, but repeat on a different day? I am not looking to ...
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Copying applications from applications folder to external and reinstalling osx

Is it possible to copy all my applications from the applications folder onto an external, format my mac, reinstall OS X and finally copy the applications back into the applications folder for ...
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Is it possible to undo a copy and paste action on MAC?

I have a MBP on which OS X El Capitan is running. I pasted a file into my thesis folder containing my thesis Latex files and when the prompt warned me about a file with the same name as the file being ...
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Text copied from Terminal with formatting in Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite (10.10), and El Capitan (10.11)

After the update to Mavericks (10.9), anything copied from Terminal is pasted in the target app with the same formatting as in Terminal, in my case, white monospaced letters on a black background, ...
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copy/paste a file to a different folder while in a file open dialog?

When I'm in the Finder, I can copy a file (via secondary click menu, Edit menu, or keyboard shortcut) and then navigate to another folder and paste it. If I want to do the same thing when I'm in a ...
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Copy new files only - is this possible? Basically want to merge two folders

I have a folder on Drive 1 called Music, and it is 100GB. I have a folder on Drive 2 called Music, and it is 116GB. It's the most updated version. How do I copy the Music folder from Drive 2 to Drive ...
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Copying and pasting between tmux panes containing vim instances over SSH in Terminal.app

I use vim to develop Perl code on a remote Linux box running Debian Jesse. The machine is a virtual machine running in VirtualBox. I use ssh and then issue a vim <file> command to start editing ...
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Paste text with AppleScript without simulating cmd-v with System Events

I would like to be able to use AppleScript to paste the clipboard's text into the foreground application. Every solution I can find online uses tell app "System Events" to keystroke "v" using command ...
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Paste stops working (“CFPasteboardRef: Lock timeout”)

Pasting from the clipboard stopped working on my Mac. Nothing is pasted, and the following line appears many time in syslog. Apr 5 **:**:** *** com.apple.WebKit.WebContent[6583] <Warning>: ...
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How to insert pages document to another pages document?

I am using Mavericks, and Pages 5.1. I have created two .pages documents. Now, all I want is to attach one .pages document to another. In windows I could simply drag and drop or copy and paste both ...
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Is there a way to either save/copy/or email an entire iMessage conversation?

Is there a one (or a simple) step process to either email myself, or cut/copy, an entire (like year long) iMessage conversation without having to buy an app/software or to go through and keep marking ...
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Why does Cut in Numbers remove the cell formatting?

In Numbers 3.6.1 cutting [CMD+X] one or more cells not only clears the text, but removes the cell formatting too. Is there a setting to disable this behaviour? My only workaround is to Copy [CMD+C] ...
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Strange Clipboard behaviour on OS X El Capitan

I've been experiencing a very weird clipboard behaviour on my mac. This is my OS I'm a developer and every now and then I need to copy paste code, text or even files around. What I've been ...
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Is there a multiple copy paste app for ios?

I am particularly interested in copying several chunks of text and then paste all of them together into another app
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How to copy a file and replace (if necessary) in the target directory from terminal

If I'm on my Desktop and I have a file called 'test.txt' on there, and I want to copy that file to say '~/Library/Folder 1/Folder 2/' how do I do that? Also, if there's already a file there called ...
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OSX Cannot paste file/fodler to specific directory

I have a directory with number of subdirectories. ~/projects |-project1 |-project2 |-project3 If I try to copy file inside any of the subdirectories in the projects directory, I see that "Edit" ...
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When I try to move the folder, the copying process begins

Why, when I move (using mouse) one folder into another, instead of moving, copying process starts? How to fix it? OS X El Capitan Folders are located on an external drive, GUID partition scheme, ...
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How can I get iTerm 2 to copy only what I select?

iTerm2 has a very nasty habit of making an assumption of what I want to copy and paste from the terminal. Instead of just allowing me to copy exactly what I highlight, it will expand to what it ...
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Cannot share clipboard when using Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection to Windows7

I use Remote Desktop Connection on my 10.6.2 to connect to Windows XP and Windows7. I can share clipboard between mac and Windows XP but Windows7. Any idea how to make it work for Windows 7? It ...
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How to copy-paste in Finder when there's no right-click space?

I'd be very surprised if this doesn't trouble anyone else. Sometimes I want to paste a copied file in a Finder window, but there is just no "empty" space for me to right-click on and hit 'Paste ...
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Increase amount of text copied in iterm2

When I select text in iTerm2, the text it copies cuts off at after a certain (seemingly arbitrary) point. I did a few tests and its usually between 800 and 1500 bytes of input. Why is this, and how ...
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Having trouble copying text from PDF files

I’m using Mac Yosemite. I am not able to copy text from a PDF document and paste it to other applications. I have tried with both the Google Chrome PDF plugin and Acrobat Reader (v. Acrobat Reader ...
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How does the “Copy” button work for iPad photos?

When I click "Share" on an iPad photo not in Camera Roll, there's a "Copy" option. It seems to do nothing, how can I get it to work? Ideally I want to copy a photo to the Camera Roll so I can save it ...
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How can I manage apps with File Sharing within iOS (without using computer)?

I want to know if I can manage (copy MEDIA (music or video) from it and paste MEDIA to it) the File Sharing folder of iOS apps using iOS devices (iPhone, iPad ...) without plugging the device to a ...
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Are copies using rsync faster than using Finder?

So - I have a question about using rsync in Terminal. I need to move a Time Machine backup off of an external drive in order to reformat it. The 'backups' folder is nearly 300 GB. At first I tried to ...
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Google Drive as a local storage folder (iOS)

I want to know if I can use Google Drive's File Sharing folder to store files offline and that with the new "open in..." feature (WiFi OFF so copying files to that folder with NO UPLOAD)
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Is there anything like the clipboard manager Ditto for Mac?

I'm looking for a clipboard manager like Ditto for Mac: Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those ...
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Force Word 2011 to retain source formatting when pasting to a different document

I frequently copy/cut and paste between one document and another. The text is always in "Times New Roman" but when I paste the pasted text is in "Calibri (Body)", despite the fact that the "Paste ...
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Clipboard manager that syncs to iPhone?

There are many clipboard managers for Mac, but I'm looking for one that immediately makes my clippings (text, at least) available on iOS. Is there such an app?
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If I get a game from the Apple store, can I play it on other computers? [duplicate]

Let's say I buy a game from the app store from this computer. Then I copy the game files to a external drive and go to a friend and copy them on his computer. Will my friend's computer play the game?
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Why is my Mail clipboard separate from everything else?

When I copy text from the terminal, I can paste it into the terminal with no problem. I can also paste it into Firefox or TextEdit. When I try to paste it into my Apple Mail, I get: Mac OS Extended ...
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pbpaste, pbcopy using wrong pasteboard?

I'm converting a shell script which xclip and similar tools on Linux, to use pbpaste and pbcopy on Mac. The problem is the default pasteboard ('general' according to the man-page) for these tools is ...
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How to force OS X Notes application to lose formatting when I paste text from clipboard?

While I do find Notes.app very useful, especially due to the iCloud integration with iOS counterpart apps, I am very annoyed about the text formatting used by the application. I just want to be able ...
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Preserve formatting when copying from Excel for Mac 2011 to table in Word for Mac 2011

I have this table in a .xlsx file in Excel for Mac 2011. If I select the whole table and copy into a table in Word for Mac 2011, this is the result: How can I preserve the formatting when ...
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How to mouse copy a very long line in vim terminal OS X

I want to copy with mouse one line from one vim terminal to another vim terminal. This line is huge and has a hidden character (I presume at the beginning) that I do not want to copy. In other ...
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Difference between back-up computer vs. complete copy of everything?

What is meant by backing up computer vs. creating a copy of entire hard-drive? Are the meanings the same? How to create entire bootable copy of my computer using time machine? I have a time capsule. ...
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Copy menu is greyed out in Microsoft Word

I'm running Word for Mac 2011 and the Copy menu is greyed out. Command-C works. This is on OS X 10.11 El Capitan. My mother-in-law has the same problem and she's on 10.9 Mavericks (I think).
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How to use multiple pasteboards in OS X?

I have a situation where I need 2 or 3 different pasteboards so that I can issue a command-c/v for the traditional copy/paste and then be able to use option-command-c/v for a secondary pasteboard copy ...
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How do I copy photos from an iMessage chat to the iOS Camera Roll?

When I long press on a photo someone shared with me in an iMessage chat I get three main options: Copy, More..., and Speak. More only presents options to delete all, or select some messages to forward ...
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Notes paragraph horizontal scrolling

Once I copied some text from this webpage, and when i pasted it in Notes a horizontal scrollable paragraph appeared: I'd like to know how to recreate this rectangular paragraph without having to ...
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ditto command creating copy of volume destination

I'm running into an issue when copying data using ditto. Currently I'm trying to move my Pictures folder to a secondary storage volume with sudo ditto -V -v ~/Pictures/ ...
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How do I replace an alias by the original file it is linking to?

I have a folder containing several alias for pdf's that each have > 200 mb. Each pdf is in a different location on my drive. I need to compress all of those files. What is the fastest way to do it? ...
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How to prevent iTerm2 from creating overlaps and broken lines after pasting multiline chunks of text?

If I paste multiline chunks of text into iTerm2, I always a get mess of output. It seems limited to only some programs running interactively (such as Bash, IRB - Python / VIM work flawlessly). Using ...
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Change Copy and Paste behaviour system-wide

I would like to enhance the global copy/paste behaviour with an additional action. In particular, I often use Growl to display custom notifications. From the command line, I can use the growlnotify ...
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Copying a path of the app to a new directory?

I was wondering if someone could help me make an AppleScript that copies the app the script is into another location. So, this is what I tried... (Please don't say anything since I am new at ...
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Utility to save current selection or clipboard to a file

Is there a utility that saves current selection (from terminal, web browser, ...) to a text/html file in a specific location? I want to use it as a quick note taking tool so I do not have to "create ...
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Only copy files modified after certain date, and maintain file structure

So, I had to do some work on a drive that's used where I work. It's an important drive, and couldn't be down while I did this, so I copied the files to a new drive for use while the other was ...
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Pasting a screenshot into Powerpoint results in truncation: even though in MSWord it is perfect

The following is an image representing the source of a clipboard cut and paste operation. Actually the image shows up better in MsWord: here it is blurry However it is much worse in PowerPoint ...
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SD flash card READ-ONLY all of a sudden

I have a MacBook Air running Yosemite. I have an external SD drive that I save files to frequently. Info on SD drive says it's READ-ONLY all of a sudden? I am the ONLY person that uses this drive ...
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Why can't I paste a password into a password form on a webpage?

On my Snow Leopard Mac, I can't seem to paste into a password field on login pages to Apple sites, (developer.apple.com for example). I thought is was a browser issue but it's happening with Safari, ...