Questions tagged [copy-paste]

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

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Clear recent file list in AppleScript?

I created an AppleScript for cleaning the clipboard which had this command: tell application "System Events" to set the clipboard to "" How would I create an AppleScript that did ...
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What is the best way to show the speed of copying files on a Mac?

I'm using macbookpro 16inch, Catalina 10.15.5 . I connect to my external SSD drive (SAMSUNG T5) from usb-C to usb-C. When using drag and drop in finder , it took 5 sec to copy a 1,47 Gb file. I need ...
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How to open a fixed URL + what's in the clipboard via a script & bind it to a shortcut?

Will this applescript work? Tell Application "Safari" to open location "http://www.site.com/" end tell Tell Process "Safari" Keystroke "l" using command down Tell application "System Events" to ...
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Screenshots from PDF without creating a new file

I have a document given as a PDF and would like to copy parts from it into Powerpoint. For example, an equation. I use Preview's "Take a screenshot" function but this always generates a new Preview ...
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How do Copy and Cut take selected text as input?

When I press Command-C or Command-X over the selected (highlighted) text how is that string getting "grabbed" and pasted onto the clipboard? Or similarly when I select a word and 3-finger tap, how is ...
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Copying and pasting between terminal windows adds extra characters

I've recently moved from MacOS 10.4 to 10.15. I use Japanese/English/Russian/Chinese, and I've noticed a different behavior when copying between terminal windows on 10.15. Extra characters, ...
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How can I paste a screenshot image from clipboard into a folder?

My screenshots go directly to my clipboard, which works for me most of the time, so I'm not trying to change that behavior. What I want to do is paste said screenshot into a folder of my choosing. ...
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Using pbcopy & pbpaste with rich text formatting results in empty clipboard

I've found plenty of resources that say this should work, but I'm having no luck with rich text formatting with the pcopy & pbpaste commands on MacOS Catalina 10.15.4. % echo '**foo**' | pandoc -...
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I can't paste a file into system directory

I want to paste a file into /System/Library/Java/Extensions path but there is no "paste" button . So I tried to change permissions, but when I checked I already have the permission to read & ...
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Mac Terminal or iTerm: Copy the current command but exclude prompt?

I am using Terminal or iTerm (iTerm2). Let's say I've typed in a command but haven't hit enter yet. Or maybe I used the up arrow to navigate through my command history. How do I copy the current ...
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How to do I save a file that has been put into the clipboard? [duplicate]

I'm using a program that exports an image to the clipboard. If I goto Finder->Edit->"Show Clipboard" a windows pops up showing the image. How do I save this image to the Finder? If I goto the Finder-...
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Requesting Reliable Clipboard Application w/ History?

I've searched the more-recent threads and cannot seem to find a solid option. Does anyone have a good clipboard app with history that doesn't screw up the clipboard and require a restart? Alfred and ...
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Copy select cells and pasting together in Numbers (like excel did)

I'm trying to figure out how to copy select cells from one table/area in Numbers.app, and paste to another table/area where what is pasted, is in sequence (next to each other). In Excel, when you ...
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Right click selected text on a link, but only copy raw text

I select the text of a hyperlink, but when I right click on it, there's no option to simply copy the text. It only allows to copy the link itself. How can I achieve what I desire?
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How come Quick Action for Books does not trigger “Get Contents of Clipboard”?

I would like to not have Books insert "Excerpt from ..." for every text that I copy, so I was reading this thread and followed this specific post's advice. I have my Quick Action that looks like this (...
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Command-C does not copy highlighted text into clipboard from MacVim

I just installed macVim/mvim on macOS Catalina and uncertain why the normal macOS shortcuts are not working. They work on my other macOS Mojave system. There are probably some settings I am missing ...
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MS Word version 16.35, MacBook Pro 2019, copy/paste no longer pastes footnotes!

I'm having a strange situation. I am an academic and I am constantly revising documents with footnotes in MS Word. I'm using Word on a MacBook Pro 2019. All of a sudden, the footnotes disappear ...
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Applescript: Get path of files copied to the clipboard

I like to get the paths of files that I have copied by using CMD+c in Finder programmatically. I.e.,: getPathOfClipboard.applescript # Should output the paths of the copied files in each line like ...
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How can I get an Applescript to copy the contents of a variable to the clipboard?

This has to be fairly simple. I'm using Applescript with Pashua: Native macOS dialogs for scripting languages. What I'm trying to do is enter data into a text field in a dialog, and then copy that ...
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What are some ways to copy and paste more efficiently on iOS?

If I am going to do some Google research on a question I have, I would like to copy a bunch of links I encounter and have them all go into some kind of list somewhere. Then, when I have gathered ...
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Screenshot Folder Actions

Ideally, I would be able to take a screenshot and paste the image directly into iA Writer. Since iA Writer doesn't store images, however, this is not possible. In order to not have to manually drag ...
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Clipboard paste hangs application for 30s

I'm on MacOS Catalina 10.15.3 (Darwin 19.3.0). My Mac frequently gets into a state where every attempt to paste from the system clipboard freezes the application I'm pasting in to for about 30s, ...
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Paste image from the clipboard into a PDF in Preview

The question title describes what should be a common/simple operation? But I can not find the options to do it : After having copied an image to the clipboard -even from Preview itself - when right-...
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How do I make iClip Lite work in newer versions of Mac OS X?

iClip Lite is a Clipboard Manager dashboard widget, which won an Apple Design Award back in 2006. It's pretty great. Unfortunately, the widget appears to have broken all the way back in Snow Leopard†....
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How to set location of screen capture from control strip to clipboard?

If I put the screenshot widget on my control strip (touch bar), it currently doesn't give me any option to copy the screenshot to the clipboard. Is there a way I can set it up to do this instead of ...
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Copying all files of specific type to a specific folder using Mac's Terminal

How can I copy all files of specific type to a specific folder using Mac's Terminal. find . -name '*.STY' -type f -print0 | xargs -0 -I '{}' /usr/bin/rsync -avR "{}" "./styleFiles_chekad/" Above ...
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Universal Access Handoff and any clipboard manager

With Handoff enabled, when text is copied on iPhone (e.g. in Notes) the copied text also is saved to the Mac desktop clipboard. And if using a clipboard manager on the desktop, that same copied text ...
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Set a coloured text and send it to the clipboard

This is probably very easy, but all the solutions I found were directed to specific applications. At my work, we use an online system within the browser and I find myself every day setting the color ...
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Change default action for copying files to external hard disk

The default behaviour on Mac OS when you move files from your machine to an external device is to copy these files. How can I modify this behavior so it moves the files, rather then making copies?
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Why am I getting Universal Clipboard popups when I'm not typing anything?

I was just in the Weather Underground iOS app on my iPhone. I was not inputting text, I had just opened the app so it was showing me weather conditions for my current location. After the app ...
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After Catalina, cut / copy on Reminders doesn't work

After installing Catalina, I can't seem to copy reminders to some other app (e.g., textedit). Cut does seem to remove items but then it is not possible to paste them elsewhere. I note that my old ...
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How can I disable links and formatting in Adium?

Adium attempts to support rich text formatting (italic, bold, underline) and links. For instance, if I paste some text from my browser, Adium might display the message I'm sending as: which gets ...
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Handoff and Universal Clipboard often don't work

On some days (maybe 7 out of 10), Universal Clipboard and Handoff work for me. On other days, they do not. Why could this be? I can see no pattern to when it works vs when it doesn't. It doesn't seem ...
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How to copy the current text line without highlighting it?

I find it annoying that I have to highlight a given piece of text and then press CMD +C to copy it into the buffer. I want to be able to copy text by simply pressing CMD +C, which would copy the ...
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Using Finder to copy files by value instead of the files' reference

I want to copy a few files from one directory of a git repository branch to another branch that doesn't have the files. With Windows, you can copy the files and they are saved to the clipboard as they ...
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MS Remote Desktop to Windows - Not enough space in a shared folder

Not quite sure if it's a right place to ask but I'll try. I use MS Remote Desktop to connect from iMac to my remote Windows 10 computer and exchange files between two computers through a Redirected ...
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Weird message copied to iOS clipboard

The following message suddenly got copied to my clipboard: {"code":200,"data":{"bizTypeCode":"gz01","bizValue":"¥Ht0fYMlkyIl¥","bizTypeName":"淘口令"},"message":"处理成功","isSuccess":true} What does this ...
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Automating copying and pasting text on iPhone?

I am cleaning up notes on my iPhone and separating them into distinct notes by cutting certain parts of the text, creating a new note and then pasting it. Is there any option for automating this ...
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Finder go to Clipboard

I’d like to create an Apple script that will use a text path in clipboard and open a new Finder window and go to that path
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How to autoprocess screenshots with an optimizer such as ImageOptim and then place immediately back in pasteboard (clipboard) for paste?

I'm not entirely clear on how the screenshot + pasteboard handling on macOS works. For example, as a user I perceive that when I press <shift-control-cmd-4> I can select a region of my screen ...
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How can I copy part of an iMessage message? - What prevents Apple and Google from offering this functionality?

Starting from iOS 10, Apple changed1 the "tap and hold" gesture in Messages so that you cannot select just a couple of words from the messages to copy. And, as far as I know, Google did the same ...
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Save screenshot to clipboard and file, simultaneously [duplicate]

My question is simple enough1, depending on your generosity: the steps posed in the above linked thread are straightforward, except for one small point... I can't find the Service receives no input ...
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Vim-like clipboard manager with multiple buffers

I am looking to expand the capabilities of my clipboard. I've grown attached to how vim does it; multiple discrete buffers you can 'yank' (copy) text into. I also generally prefer to use the mouse ...
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How to create a pasting macro

I'm a big fan of the ANSI keyboard layout, but since I'm located in Denmark, the layout is missing the three letters 'Æ', 'Ø' and 'Å'. I want to create three keyboard shortcuts that triggers a paste ...
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How to paste files using Applescript (or bash)?

I want to paste a file copied by Finder in the terminal. Sth like pbpaste but for binaries. (pbpaste itself just returns the basename of the copied file.)
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How to copy text from iOS to MacOS with Bluetooth only (no WiFi network at all)?

I'd like to be able to copy text from iOS to MacOS with Bluetooth only (no WiFi) — or, worst case, by plugging the phone into the Mac. I often find myself generating text on my phone (in various ...
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Exchange clipboard only with a virtual machine running in Parallels 14

I am using Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac, running Ubuntu in the VM, with Parallels special software installed within Ubuntu. Out of security concerns, I always turn on the Configuration setting on ...
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How can I copy and paste the complete contents of a PEM file?

I found out that I can view the contents of a PEM file by pressing the Spacebar, it's not possible to select the text. How can I copy and paste the file contents, because I need to paste it in this ...
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How do I select part of an audio track in GarageBand 10.3.2?

I'm using GarageBand 10.3.2 on Mojave. I want to extract part of an MP3 file but I'm having trouble figuring out how to select the part I want. When I open my track I see the below. I want to ...
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Check the status of a Finder copy-paste operation from Apple Watch

Today I had to leave my Mac, while a copy-pasting operation was in progress with a large number of files. I found myself wanting to know how long the operation had left (and if it had encountered any ...

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