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

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Why does the name manager keep randomly appearing in Excel when I copy/paste with CMD-C/CMD-V?

My setup Mac - stuck on Monterey 12.7.3 due to hardware preventing upgrade Office 365 subscription Version 16.81 (24011420)
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Microsoft Word (macOS) missing Paste Special and therefore unable to paste with formatting

I'm unable to paste with formatting on my Word Documents and for some strange reason, Paste Special only has an option for unformatted text. I've attached screenshots to explain further.
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LibreOffice does an unrequested delete cellc

I've been using the same spreadsheet file for months to process some data from a website.  Part of the process involves copying a table from the website, pasting it into TextEdit for some edits, and ...
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How to select/copy text in iterm with the mouse while running the "less" command?

In iterm, while running the less command, I'm unable to select text to copy. The mouse pointer changes from a crosshair to a circle in the middle, and I cannot click or drag text to be highlighted ...
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Best network practice for continuity, handoff, camera, clipboard, universal control, etc? [troubleshooting]

What settings, debugging steps, and troubleshooting workarounds should I apply in setting up my home network for continuity/handoff features?
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Copy Paste from one drive to another - permissions error

What I'm trying to do: I'm trying to copy 1.5TB of data from a Network drive (Drive G) on a Windows 10 PC and paste it to an external drive on my Mac Mini (Sonoma 14.2.1), the external drive name is ...
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Is it possible to prevent Files app to rename files in a folder when copying?

I often need to copy files, (later edit 1:) grouped as folders, between an app and OneDrive. I would wish to write the data straight to OneDrive so I can access it remotely, but that's not possible ...
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Is there some way to get all the text of a document into the clipboard?

I cannot select all text to copy to the clipboard on the Apple iPad I have so is there some way, like on an online website or an app, to get all the text from a document into the clipboard so that I ...
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Is there a quicker way to "Right click + Copy Image" on any browser on Mac?

I use Orion mainly since it adds a bit more screen area without going into fullscreen using their compact bar. Irrespective, a repetitive task I need during making notes is right clicking images and ...
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Screenshot image appears much bigger in size when pasted

MacOS, Sonoma and even earlier versions, screenshot's image appears to be much bigger in size when pasted: How can I get the same size when doing copy and paste please? I really don't want to drag ...
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Why does using Opt+Esc copy the selected text to the clipboard? How can I disable that?

I can invoke the text-to-speech engine using selecting any given text and then doing Opt+Esc. However, rather annoyingly, doing so seems to copy the selected text to the clipboard, as if I did Cmd+C. ...
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Can one copy some applications from one volume to another on the same iMac(Ventura)?

I have a 2015 iMac with an internal hard drive and an external SSD drive attached permanently to it. I would like to copy some Applications from one drive to another instead of re-installing. I wonder ...
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How can I copy my SIM card's phone number to the clipboard?

I use an iPhone 12 mini with iOS 15. I can view my SIM card's phone number on Settings -> Phone -> My number, as shown below. How can I copy that phone number to the clipboard? I unsuccessfully ...
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Slack silently copying clipboard?

I'm running Slack desktop on an Intel Macbook pro running macOS Ventura 13.5.1. Sometimes when I switch the focus back to Slack I see a dialog popup along the lines of Pasting from XXX's Macbook. I ...
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Why copy paste from OSx to iOS is not working

If I copy some text in OSx then I couldn't paste in my iOS device. I have enabled hand off in both iOS and Mac I have logged in using the same apple ID I have turned Wifi and blue tooth on in both the ...
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How can I copy the text of a link on Google Chrome for iOS?

How can I copy the text of a link on Google Chrome for iOS? Example from Is it possible to prevent some icons/applications from jumping of the Dock?: I’d like to copy the question title: Is it ...
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How to save clipboard text directly to file? [duplicate]

I have huge text data in clipboard that has been copied using Cmd + C. Now I want to directly save the text in a file. If I open vi/vim and paste it takes long time as rendered to the vi UI. Is there ...
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How do I replace my smaller Time Machine Drive with a New Drive on macOS Ventura (Encrypted)

How do I format my New Drive and Move the old backups from my Old Time Machine?... Now it would seem straight forward at first with a simple drag and drop from old to new drive, but my old drive is ...
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Copy paste with mupdf in MacOS

I would like to copy paste with mupdf in MacOS. I can successfully highlight text by using the CTRL button and the mouse button. But I cannot copy the highlighted text. I tried the following in (found ...
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How can I quickly find the files I just pasted into a folder?

I have some issues when I copy and paste files on my Mac (with Ventura 13.4.1). So, when I copy and paste a file/s from one folder to another folder, the last inserted/copied file/s is/are NOT ...
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How to Debug Unreliable Copy

On my system I can cut and paste text reliably, it works 100% of the time. However copying text does not always copy, and when I paste I can get the previously copied item. This has been going on for ...
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Multiple clipboards: How can I copy to clipboard 1 with Ctrl+Shift+1 and paste with Ctrl+1, etc?

I want to be able to do the following: Select text (e.g., example text one) Hit Ctrl+Shift+1 Select text 2 (e.g., example text two) Hit Ctrl+Shift+2 Hit Ctrl+1 and paste example text one Hit Ctrl+2 ...
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Are there any MacBook permissions that would allow/block an iPad app (running on a MacBook) to use the clipboard?

I am using Ventura 13.3.1 M1 MacBook Pro. I have an iPad app (FortiToken Mobile v5.4.3 ) running on this MacBook. I would like to copy-paste text from this app to the MacBook’s clipboard. This used to ...
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Is there any way to enable keyboards to copy from host machine (Mac OS) to VM (Mac OS) set up in UTM?

The documentation says no support, but is there a work around with some other tools? "MACOS 13+ Clipboard sharing is now supported for Linux guests running on the Apple backend. There is still no ...
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How can I delete or manipulate the clipboard history?

I can read the clipboard history on the «Raycast» app which is a very useful replacement for Apple's Spotlight, but I am not able to delete / manipulate the clipboard history. I have tried some more ...
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Putting an image into the clipboard via stdin

I know I can take image content from the clipboard and pipe into STDOUT like this: osascript -e "get the clipboard as «class PNGf»" | sed "s/«data PNGf//; s/»//" | xxd -r -p Is ...
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Help troubleshooting pbcopy.plist: Trying to copy contents to clipboard

I'm trying to add a command to copy content to MacBook Pro M1 Max Ventura 13.4 clipboard from a remote server. To test it on localhost, I setup the plist file like so: launchctl load /Users/jerba/...
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Shortcuts app: Copy/paste text with altered formatting

I have what seems like a simple problem. I'd like to copy an article from the News App and paste a well-formatted version into an email. This works sometimes, but some articles end up formatted ...
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Pasting HTML formatted text in Pages.app on macOS increases the font size

I'm writing a Java program that copies HTML formatted text to the clipboard. A short example of how I'm doing this is viewable at this Stack Overflow question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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Why did Command + V sometimes become copying on my Mac?

My device is MacBook Pro M2 running macOS Ventura 13.3.1. The setup is that, I copy "text A" (some words) using cmd+c, I then use the cursor to select a "text B" which I want to ...
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universal highlight->copy to secondary clipboard, middle click-> paste secondary clipboard

Terminal has this standard linux X window behavior. Is there anyway (including non-free utilities) to get this feature universally in macOS Ventura?
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macOS files "connected" but no symlink?

Disclaimer I’m not sure how to even phrase the issue here. So if you find a better way, please comment it, I’ll edit the question. I don’t know either if it’s a LyX or macOS related question. So ...
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Using terminal, how to copy paste a folder, like you would from finder?

I want to right click, copy. Change directory, right click paste. But using the terminal. Thing is pbcopy < directory_name_here fails with "oh no, this is a directory. I can't possibly do such ...
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Why can I not move certain files to certain folders? I can only copy the files

MacBook Air, Early 2014 running macOS Big Sur 11.7.4 I'm using an external drive (exFAT partition) hooked up via Thunderbolt and this is the first I've seen this behavior. There are certain files I ...
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Right Single Quotation Mark (U+2018) being replaced by Apostrophe (U+0027) in iTerm2

I use iTerm2 (version 3.50beta10) on my Mac (macOS 13.2.1). Whenever I paste a right single quotation mark (U+2018) aka (’) into a terminal window, it is replaced by an apostrophe (‘) (U+0027). Can I ...
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Where can I find a complete list of characters that are considered word boundaries in macOS?

When one double clicks words in macOS usually the entire word is selected. For example, double clicking the phrase "this_is_a_word" will select the entire phrase as a singular word, but when ...
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MacOS zip folder error code -36/ couldn't communicate with a helper application

I want to zip a folder (any folder). When I try to do so I get: couldn't communicate with a helper application Also, when I try to copy any folder I get exactly the following: Finder can’t complete ...
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How can I disable the "double-click-to-copy" function?

On webpages, PDFs, and any other contents, macOS enables me to double-click the text to copy. It is annoying. How can I disable the "double-click-to-copy" function?
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Pass not working within "Run Shell Script" of Shortcuts app

I want to setup a shell script shortcut with the Shortcuts app to copy a password to my clipboard. The script works fine when running it manually from the terminal, but it times out when running it ...
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Cannot select and copy certain text within iPhone iOS 16 apps

Until recently, I believe any text displayed on my iPhone 13 within an app could be selected and copied. Recently, certain text cannot be selected with press and hold or double tap. For example. I am ...
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Launch Python script from command line w/ `bindkey` and import clipboard contents

Is it possible to launch a terminal command with a shortcut of type Cmd + [LETTER]? My aim is to use the current content of the clipboard (Cmd+C) and use an available letter (for example Cmd+W) to ...
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Applescript to Search a Text File for a specific value and then copy that value into a string

EDIT #2 @CJK and @mockman so using both your ideas I've created this god awful long script that does the trick for the first offset value in the xml and first marker value shown in the xml Now the ...
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Collect all the PDF in the subdirectories into a specific directory

Suppose that there is a tree directory main, and there are some subdirectories in main, e.g., sub1, sub2, sub3, etc. And there is a specific subdirectory named PDFs in main. How can I efficiently (...
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Weird copying error after updating to MacOs 13.0.1 (22A400)

I have been trying to copy some folders between 2 external hard drives and I am getting this weird error. None of the folders is locked; this never happened before updating to 13.0.1. Any idea how to ...
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Mac Screenshot Cmd+Shift+4 no longer defaults to file save --it follows the options set in Cmd+Shift+5 instead

On a MacBook Pro with Monterey 12.5 For a long time, Cmd+Shift+4 would enable a custom screenshot (drag cursor) that would dump a file to the Desktop in addition to putting the image in the Clipboard. ...
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Mac OS 13.0.1 - using Terminal cp command to preserve file attributes

After reviewing old posts, I tried various arguments to the cp command in Terminal (e.g., -p, -a, -R) attempting to copy folders/files to an external drive while keep attributes like "Date ...
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"Chrome" would like to paste from ... how can I get this question to stop popping up every time I copy/paste?

I have a MBP and iPad, I often copy from one to the other and I use Chrome as the iPad browser. When I copy a link on the MBP, go to the iPad -> Chrome and paste it, I get the question: "...
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How can I paste an SVG or PNG from clipboard as a file?

Figma allows to me copy elements to clipboard as images: PNG or SVG. I can then paste these directly into some programs. For example, I can paste it as an image into Pages or Google Docs. Problem But ...
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Is there an easier way to let iPadOS do "regional screen shot then copy to clipboard" action?

Under Windows 10, you can Win+Shift+S then draw a rectangle on screen to do screen shot, then the screen region in the rectangle will be copied to clipboard. Easy. Under iPadOS, you have to Cmd+Shift+...
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Command-C in vim on macOS is not copying even with "+clipboard" flag

Let's take a look at the clipboard flags: vim --version | grep clip +clipboard +keymap +printer +vertsplit +eval -mouse_jsbterm -sun_workshop -...
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