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 a clipboard item that you haven’t saved somewhere else but still want to use.

The following Paste features help create a smooth, interruption-free workflow where you’ll never lose important information again.

Unlimited clipboard history

By default, your macOS clipboard only stores the last item that you’ve copied. As soon as you copy anything else, the previous item gets lost. With Paste, instead of the last item being overwritten by the most recent item, everything you copy gets saved.

Paste works similarly to your browser history in that you do not need to save anything pro-actively. Once the app is open, Paste saves every item that you copy.

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

Any content, any app

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

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

Paste is compatible with every macOS application. Whatever application you’re using, if you press ⌘ CmdC or copy something with your mouse, it will land 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.

If you want to paste multiple items at the same time, just hold the ⌘ Cmd button and choose what you need with your mouse, then paste the items to the destination normally.

To learn more about other ways you can paste the items stored in Paste, check out these helpful links:

Intelligent search

If you need help retrieving something you’ve copied, just type a few keywords in the search field and let Paste do the rest. You can search for the type of content or the place where you got it from, and Paste’s intelligent algorithm will find all possible matches.

Learn more about search and filters.

Quick preview

Each item in the clipboard history appears with an easy-to-read thumbnail that allows you to quickly and easily see if it’s the item you’re looking for. The thumbnail also shows what type of item it is, such as text or an image.

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

Organize into pinboards

To keep your copied items better organized, Paste lets you create pinboards, which are basically folders for your copied things that you use frequently. You can create multiple pinboards and arrange the items within them as you see fit. 

More about Pinboards.

Synchronize and share

Another useful advantage of 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. Everything will appear the same on your Mac and all your 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 storage.

You can also share your clipboard history with your friends or team members via Email, Messages, Facebook, Twitter, or any other system-sharing method, including AirDrop.