Working with Paste on Mac

Paste is a productivity tool that stores everything you copy to the clipboard. It runs in the background and does not require any active participation on your side. You can access it any time and pick up one of the clipboard contents that you did not save somewhere else but still want to use.

The following Paste features secure a workflow free from interruptions and losing important information.

Unlimited clipboard history

By default, your clipboard stores only the last item that you have copied. As soon as you copy anything else, the previous entry gets lost. Paste does not replace the last entry with the new one. Instead, it saves them all.

Paste works similarly to browser history. You do not need to save anything pro-actively. After you’ve started the app, or it was started with the system launch, Paste memorizes every item that was created.

When you call Paste with the ⇧ Shift⌘ CmdV shortcut or by clicking on the P icon in the main menu bar, it will show you the entire clipboard history.

Any content, any app

Paste saves all kinds of clipboard items, including text, images, links, and files. It has no limitation on the type of content.

You can set the limit on how long your clipboard history should be stored in Preferences -> General, as well as exclude any data-sensitive apps from being accessed by Paste in Preferences -> Rules.

Paste is compatible with every macOS application. Regardless of what application you use, if you press ⌘ CmdC or copy something with your mouse, it lands in your clipboard history.

Many ways to paste items

To insert an item into a document or an application, activate Paste and do one of the following:

  • select an item and hit the return key;
  • double-click on an item;
  • right-click on an item and select "Paste to ..." in the context menu;
  • drag it from the clipboard history and drop it over the area you want to paste it in.

You can paste multiple items at the same time. Hold the ⌘ Cmd button and pick what you need with your mouse. Then add it to the destination normally.

Apart from this, there are other methods to paste the items stored in Paste. Read more tips here:

Intelligent search

If you need to retrieve something from the more distant past, you can use the search field. Just type a few keywords and let Paste do the rest.

Moreover, you can search for the type of content or the origin of an item. The intelligent algorithm behind it will find all possible matches.

Learn more about search and filters.

Quick preview

Each item in the clipboard history appears with a catchy thumbnail. It allows you to check easily if it is the right one you are looking for. The thumbnails also show the type of the saved item, like text, picture, etc.

You can also use the system-wide Quick Look preview feature from the context menu or by pressing the space key.

Organize into Pinboards

Searching through numerous single items may become unnerving. But Paste has foreseen this and created pinboards: folders for your copied stuff. You can create multiple pinboards and arrange the items into them.

More about Pinboards.

Synchronize and share

One of the key advantages of using Paste is its cross-device synchronization. If you work on an iMac at home but take only your iPad to a business lunch or pitch presentation, you can still access your clipboard history and pinboards. It will look identical on your Mac and all iOS devices, and you can switch between devices at any time without worrying about the accessibility of your previous working progress.

You can enable or disable instant synchronization in the Preferences -> Sync. The data is securely stored in your private iCloud Drive.

You can also send your clipboard history to others. It allows you to share reusable items with your friends or team members via Email, Messages, Facebook, Twitter, and any other system sharing method, including AirDrop.