Paste directly to other applications

In order to paste clipboard history and pinboard items directly to other applications and use the Paste Stack feature, you’ll first need to allow Paste to access the accessibility features of the macOS.

How to allow Paste to access the accessibility features

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Go to Security & Privacy.
  3. Switch to the Privacy tab.
  4. Find and select Accessibility in the sidebar.
  5. Click the lock icon at the bottom left corner of the window to unlock changes (you will be asked to enter your password).
  6. Tick the checkbox in the list to allow Paste access to your computer.

Enable Direct Paste

It says that Paste will control my computer. What does this mean?

Accessibility features allow apps to perform multiple user actions (e.g., button clicks) programmatically. If you allow Paste to access the accessibility features, it will not actually “control your computer”. Paste will simply be allowed to send the following system shortcuts to a frontmost application:

  1. ⌘ CmdV for Direct Paste to paste current clipboard contents to the active application;
  2. ⌘ CmdC for Paste Stack to copy selected data to the clipboard.

What happens if I don't let Paste the permissions?

In this case, you won’t be able to use the Direct Paste and Paste Stack features. However, you’ll still be able to use Paste without any other limitations. Paste will copy selected items back to the clipboard so you can paste them to any applications yourself using either the ⌘ CmdV system shortcut or the system context menu. You can always enable the Direct Paste and Paste Stack features in Preferences later.