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Access your clipboard on your other devices πŸ“‹πŸ˜

yashints profile image Yaser Adel Mehraban Originally published at yashints.dev ・2 min read

How many times have you been working on multiple systems and realised you are trying to paste something which you have copied on the other system? Well with the help of this article you can now share your clipboard between your Windows and Mac devices 😎.

Windows to Windows

If you have multiple windows devices, it's very easy. Simply open your control panel and search for Clipboard Settings.

Opening clipboard settings on windows

Once opened, set the Sync across devices option to on. If you want to prevent sensitive data to be synced and do it on a case by case basis, set the Never automatically sync text that I copy option to on instead.

Clipboard settings on windows

While you're at it, turn clipboard history on too to have a beautiful clipboard history available by pressing Win+V.

Windows clipboard history

Use the copied text

Now if you copy something into your clipboard, based on assuming you wanted to sync everything, simply paste, or open your clipboard history on the target device to see it.

⚠️ If you selected never automatically sync option, you can press Win+V to open up your clipboard history and select what you want to be synced across your devices after copying the items.

Additional tip

If you choose to use clipboard history, make sure you pin items you use frequently to save yourself some more time too.

Pin items in clipboard history on windows

Mac to Mac

If you're a Mac user and want to achieve the same, you can use the Universal Clipboard.

It's really simple, like we saw on windows setup.

Windows/Mac/Linux to Mac/Windows/Linux

If you use two different operating systems and want to simply share your content across, nothing works better than PASTEBIN.

This is a web tool that allows you to share your content across different devices with ease.

Warning

When using third party software whether it's application or web app, never share secrets or your personal information.

Summary

We saw how to take some simple steps to increase our productivity and access any content we would like across our devices. Hope you benefit from this like I did and see you next time.

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Yannik_Sc

For sharing not only the clipboard, but also notifications and some other things I can recommend KDEConnect. I'm not sure about Mac/iOS but for Windows/Linux/Android it works very well. Bonus: it's Open Source.

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Fulton Browne

If your at terminal user this termbin.com/ is a great open source alternative to pastebin.