How can I flush /delete the Finder clipboard in OS X 10.8.3 ? I always have 2 items when I paste from the clipboard.

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    Could you elaborate on what you're exactly experiencing and provide some more information? Have you got any clipboard enhancing installed? – Thecafremo Apr 9 '13 at 12:13
  • What two items? Even after you reboot? – bmike Apr 9 '13 at 12:27

Try execute command: pbcopy </dev/null.

pbcopy and pbpaste are two commands that provide access to clipboard. pbcopy will copy a string to the clipboard (overwriting the original content).

In this case you are copying an empty file. Since you can't pass a file but a string only, this "<" (a redirection) will redirect the file content to the pbcopy arguments.

  • Could you explain the solution a bit. – user151019 Apr 9 '13 at 15:49
  • Is there a simple means to accomplish this. – ZenMaster_Flash Apr 14 '13 at 21:03

I think that I really must re-phrase my question for clarity, i.e.

Is there a way to keep the clipboard from pasting more than one copied item ?

  • When I use the Finder PASTE command the last TWO (2) texts copied get pasted. – ZenMaster_Flash Apr 17 '13 at 14:11
  • This has befuddled numerous AppleCare technicians and Genius Bar folks as well. Try copying and pasting text to a field that renders the text as a series of bullets. Without being able to view what was pasted there is no way to edit the text ! – ZenMaster_Flash Apr 17 '13 at 14:16
  • I had not understood the problem. I have never heard such a problem. I have no idea how to solve it. – Rnhmjoj Apr 21 '13 at 19:00
  • "Computer Voodoo" No Mac Genius or Apple Care technician has a clue. – ZenMaster_Flash Apr 23 '13 at 12:38

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