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

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What's the quickest way to get a graphic on the clipboard saved to disk?

I have a graphic on the clipboard on OS X. What's the quickest way to get it onto disk as a png or jpg?
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Text copied from Terminal with formatting in Mavericks

After the update to Mavericks, 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, e.g.: ...
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How can I copy and paste multiple texts?

I would like to copy several different texts/things at the same time and paste them in any order. Does anyone know any good Mac OS X software or plugin that can handle multiple copy/paste?
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Is there a file copy utility for OS X that's similar to TeraCopy for Windows?

On Windows, I use TeraCopy for improved file copying. Are there any similar equivalents for OS X? In particular, I'd like to see things like copy speed.
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Copy and Cut sometimes don't work

My system is kept fully up to date and I still see this problem intermittently, although not as often as I used to; I would say that this has not been fully fixed. If there are any workarounds ...
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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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How to access a clicked URL in a URL handler application created in Automator

I'm currently trying to modify the default URL handling behavior in OS X. I would like, when clicking on any link outside of a web browser, to copy this URL to the pasteboard instead of opening it in ...
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What are some tips for replacing my MacBook Pro hard disk with SSD?

I would like to replace my MacBook pro hard disk with an SSD, without reinstalling everything. I am looking for your experience on good SSD drive models that have good performance at a fair price ...
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Best way to copy all files, ignoring errors?

I have a partially corrupted HD that can not be repaired by Disk Utility, but which can be mounted read-only making the data on it accessible. I am trying to copy all the recoverable contents onto a ...
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Configure emacs to cut and copy text to Mac OS X clipboard

Can I configure emacs, so that I could copy/cut text from emacs (default Terminal version) and paste it somewhere else (into X Window program)?
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What might fix an installation of KeePass that won't copy or paste on OS X?

KeePass will not copy and paste, let alone do autotype. I have installed the KeePass 2.18 Mac package from http://keepass2.openix.be/. I could not find a more recent Mac package for KeePass, so I ...
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Copy and paste stops working

For several months now i've had an issue where after using my laptop for a couple of weeks without restarting, i'll slowly lose my ability to copy and paste. First it's only between different apps ...
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Copying files to the clipboard using applescript

Often I find myself at the command line wanting to copy files to the clipboard, so that I can paste them as attachments in Mail. If I have an image file, image1.png, I can accomplish this with ...
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How can I merge two similar-but-not identical folders?

I have a folder (which is filled with many many sub-folders and files) which is on a FireWire drive [source] which I am trying to move to a USB drive [destination]. I am trying to move all of the ...
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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, ...
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How do I copy the text content of a dialog box on OS X?

Many people are not aware that on Windows you can copy the whole text content of a MessageBox by pressing Ctrl ⌃ + C when the dialog is focused. This is an essential feature for reporting error ...
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Preview copies aliens. How to change the encoding/make it work?

Preview copies aliens! Literally. Here is a screenshot: The text selected on the pdf was copied (Cmd+C) and pasted (Cmd+V) from Preview to TextEdit. What did I get? A bunch of aliens. I'm guessing ...
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Is there a way to have clipboard buffering in OS X?

Does OS X have this built in? It is tedious with only one buffer.
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How can I select all in a Google doc with an iPad?

I created a new Google doc on my iPad2. When I select all to copy the whole contents, it only selects the current line. Is there a known workaround for this?
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Screen Sharing won't allow me to paste into remote system

I am connected to a remote system via Screen Sharing. I have text (plaintext) on my clipboard locally. I am unable to paste into the remote system. How can I make this work? Here are some details: ...
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How do I Move a folder in 10.9 Mavericks?

I am trying to move a large (100GB+) folder from the Desktop, into a subfolder on the Desktop. When I drag and Drop, it invokes a Copy, and I do not want to wait an hour while it goes through with ...
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ipad ssh application with solid copy / paste support

I have been using iSSH on the ipad when I need to ssh to my servers; however, one of the glaring problems with iSSH is that you don't have copy / paste support within the iSSH terminal application ...
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pbcopy exits code 1, no error message

I'm trying to use pbcopy and pbpaste to copy and paste to the clipboard from a shell. I read the man page to learn the syntax for these programs. However, no matter how I try to invoke pbcopy or ...
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Merge folders is not working

I'm trying to merge two folders with the same name but different contents in Finder on OSX Mountain Lion. The folder is located on my iMac and I am dragging a dropping to my External Harddrive where ...
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Is there a faster way to copy time machine files from one disk to another?

I'm trying to move my time machine backup files all under Backups.backupdb to another drive. I initiated a file copy overnight (b/c I saw that it took OSX forever to prepare for the copy...it ...
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Is there an easy way to clear/empty the clipboard?

I would like to find a combination of keys to clear the contents of the clipboard or better yet an application that can configure a timer to clear it automatically one minute after last paste ...
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Most reliable way to mirror large number/size files/folders between drives & computers

Often I find myself shuffling large directories (20gb+) of data between computers or drives. What is the most reliable way to ensure that all data is being exactly mirrored with permissions/dates ...
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Can I copy (myself) an app purchased through the Mac App Store to another of my licensed computers?

I have some applications purchased through the Mac App Store, and I have two Macs. Presently, if I buy an application on my Mac mini, I just go and launch the App Store on my MacBook Air, and then ...
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Way to select HTML tables by column and add them to the pasteboard?

Whenever you try to copy an HTML table to the pasteboard, it will select by row. Sometimes, I'd like to select by columns. Is there a way to do this? If not out of the box, any extensions that enable ...
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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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Copy and Paste Multiple Things? OSX

I would like to be able to copy and paste multiple items on a Mac using keys like ⌘1 would copy 1 and ⌘2 would copy 2, ect. Then ⌘! would paste 1 and ⌘@ would paste 2. If there is already a program ...
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How can I write files to iPod's internal disk on Windows?

when trying it I get the "can't do that" icon How can I copy new photos to the iPod?
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Umlauts and Copy and paste

I have a problem with copy and paste of characters like "ü". When I copy and paste the name "Gereon Müller" from this book http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/18 (choose the download tab) I get the ...
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Quick, automated way to verify the copy of a folder?

I have a lot of files that I've been transferring around my network and to external hard drives. For example, I just copied a folder with files representing an old laptop's disk image (created with ...
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In Mail is it possible to copy the date and time to the clipboard from a mail message

In my todo list, I like to refer to email messages based on the date they were received so I can simply find the message at a later point. For example, Follow up locking issue (see Peter's ...
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Paste and Match Style - Default?

I find that "Paste and Match Style" is more often useful than just "Paste" when I am copying text. Is there a way to make this the default behavior? The (long) keyboard shortcuts are also inconsistent ...
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Fast and easy OS X app, to copy and paste and store and retrieve, code and text back fast?

Sometimes when coding I use TextEdit to copy and paste some snippets in it, buts it's not efficient. So I look for some personal recommendations for a fast easy OS X app to copy and paste and store ...
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Is it possible to clone the operating system to a different machine?

I have spent a lot of time setting up a speech recognition profile which would be a pain to do all over again. I have configured this on a Mac mini. Suppose I now wish to buy a MacBook Air. Would it ...
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How to join the files into a similar directory tree?

I've two similar directory tree in different HD, but inside many groups of subfolders named e.g. B and C (note inside B and C there are others subfolders) there are different files (e.g. file 1,2 in ...
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Cant find “Move Items Here” option in Max OS Lion?

I found online that Mac OS Lion has option similar to "Cut" option of windows. I found one link which shows the option as : I am using OS Lion, but this option is not visible, even when I copy ...
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Unwanted transformation of Chinese characters

When I copy and paste character it's transformed into the Japanese version, 禮 (radical 示 instead of 礻). What's going on? Is this some 'feature' of Unicode? Is there still a way to paste the ...
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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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When I click ⌘+C on an email in Mail.app, why can't I paste it as plain text?

If I select an email in Mail.app and do ⌘+C, I can then paste the entire email (including header info) in a rich text editor app, such as TextEdit or VoodooPad. However, I'm not able to paste it into ...
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click select IPv6 address in terminal

When clicked on IPv4 address in terminal window, it gets selected as a whole, not a single octet. The same action does not work for IPv6 adress, it does not get selected. I assume there is some ...
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Cannot paste image in Skype, Line, or Facebook Messenger but pasting works in WeChat and iMessage

In iOS 7, we're able to paste an image into iMessage, WeChat, and Whatsapp, but not Line, Skype, or Facebook Messenger. Is this an app-supported setting? Thanks!
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Copy/Paste creates a hidden files

I have a copied music files to USD drive, but after copy/paste, the files are hidden. For example, in Finder: Console: And in hidden file there are a many attributes. Example: ...
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How to copy plain text from web pages in Safari?

When using Safari, I find no plug-in to force copied text from web pages to not include rich-text formatting and only copy the raw ascii characters. How can I, using Safari, only copy plain text into ...
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CLI to copy to clipboard but still output to term ?

I know that piping to pbcopy copies command line outputs to the clipboard. How can I still show the output in the terminal ?
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Copy and paste from skype includes unwanted characters

I tried to copy the following line from Skype: blah123 I got an error when I tried to paste it into another app to use it. So I pasted that into a hex editor and it looked like this in the hex ...
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Any ideas why my copy and paste are acting weird?

I'm on a Macbook Pro (mid-2009) running Lion 10.7.4. Everything has been awesome these past few years, but something weird started happening a month ago: my copy/paste has been acting oddly. Sometimes ...