【Summary】 Mac clipboard function

Updated : Nov 23, 2021

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I introduce you know-how articles on using the clipboard on Mac.

Basics of usage, troubleshooting, recommended application introduction, etc.

In addition to the normal clipboard, I will also introduce a function called “Universal Clipboard” that links Apple products.

 

① Basic usage of Mac clipboard function

How to display / delete the contents of the clipboard and manage the history

The clipboard function of Mac is an area to temporarily save when copying and pasting (or cutting and pasting) characters, images, files, etc., and usually the contents cannot be seen.

However, in rare cases, you may want to see the contents of the clipboard, so here is the procedure.

In addition, I will introduce you in detail the following three methods with illustrations on how to erase the contents of the clipboard.

  • Manual erasure
  • Automatic erasure using the app
  • Automatic erasure using AppleScript

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How to display / delete the clipboard of Mac and manage the history?
I will show you how to view and erase the contents of the clipboard when copying and pasting on your Mac. I will also show you how to manage the clipboard history.

How to use the universal clipboard

Universal Clipboard is a feature that allows you to share the clipboard between the following Apple products:

  • Software
    • macOS 10.12 Sierra or later
    • iOS 10 or later
    • All iPadOS versions
  • Hardware

It’s important to note that both software and hardware must meet the requirements.

As a concrete example, for example, macOS 12 Sierra can be installed on the white polycarbonate MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) shown in the figure, but universal clipboard cannot be used because the hardware (MacBook) does not support it.

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So, if you click the link below, you will jump to the article on the universal clipboard.

Basics of how to use the universal clipboard
Mac / iPhone / iPad / iPod touch using the same Apple ID has a function called "Universal Clipboard" that allows you to share the clipboard. On this page, I will explain the system requirements and setting methods with illustrations.

What to do if you cannot use the clipboard function

I will explain in detail one by one the causes and remedies when the clipboard function cannot be used on Mac for some reason.

Here, I introduce five items.

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List of causes and solutions when the clipboard cannot be used on Mac
Here's what to do if you can't use the clipboard (can't copy or paste) on your Mac. I will explain a wide range of causes and solutions for clipboard problems, including the "Universal Clipboard", using illustrations.

 

② Advanced usage of Mac clipboard function

Introduction of apps that extend the clipboard function

There are several apps that extend the clipboard function of your Mac, but here are three carefully selected apps that I found useful when I have actually used them.

With the standard clipboard function, you can save only one clipboard history, but with these apps you can extend the history to 20 for the free version and 1,000 or unlimited for the paid version.

I also introduce how to obtain each app, how to use them, and brief reviews with illustrations.

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Reviews and recommendations for apps that can extend your Mac's clipboard functionality
The clipboard feature on your Mac can only save the most recent data. This page introduces multiple apps that can extend the clipboard function, and lists the advantages and disadvantages and recommendations.

 

List of articles

This is a list of links to the articles introduced on this page.

① Basic usage of Mac clipboard function

② Advanced usage of Mac clipboard function

 

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