Using the Web Clipboard in Google Drive

One of the biggest attractions of Google Drive is having the freedom to work on your files from any computer in any location. It’s unfortunate, therefore, that cutting and pasting information in the familiar way is so limited – only one clip at a time, and only on the one computer.

With the web clipboard tool, though, you can copy multiple selections and then choose one to paste. You can even copy something on one computer or device and then paste it on another.

To use the web clipboard, highlight what you’d like to copy and then use Edit > Web clipboard > Copy selection to web clipboard:

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Content that you copy to the web clipboard is stored by Google until 30 days have passed without it being used (for instance, pasted), before being deleted. Alternatively, you can manually delete everything stored on the web clipboard by clicking the drop-down menu and selecting Clear all items.

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To paste a clip into a target file, click the Edit menu and select Web clipboard then choose from the list of web clips the one that you want to paste. 

Depending on what you select, you may see a choice of formats in which to paste your clip (in this example, HTML and plain text are available). Here I am in a new document, pasting one of the clips I copied from the previous document’s text:

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You’re not limited to working with text; the web clipboard can also be used to copy and paste shapes from drawings into drawings embedded in Google spreadsheets, documents or presentations, to copy and paste a drawing from a document into the drawing editor, or to copy and paste charts from a spreadsheet into a document or a drawing.