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Solved: How do I save raw clipboard dump to file on macOS?


I have selected some text and images in Microsoft Word for Mac. I like to copy it to the clipboard, then save the raw content of the clipboard into a file. How can I create a raw clipboard dump to a file on macOS so that I can investigate it on the Windows later?

Solution 1: Show Clipboard

Step 1: Open the Finder.

Step 2: Go to Edit menu.

Step 3: Select the Show Clipboard option.

Select the Show Clipboard option.

Solution 2: New from Clipboard

Step 1: Open the Preview.

Step 2: Go to the File menu.

Step 3: Select the New from Clipboard option.

Select the New from Clipboard option.

Solution 3: Terminal command

Step 1: Open the Terminal app.

Step 2: Enter the following command to export the clipboard content:

pbpaste > path/clipboardtext.txt

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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