How to Open Clipboard on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who wants to know how to open the clipboard on your device? You’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Understanding the Clipboard on Mac

If you’re not familiar with it, the clipboard is a temporary storage area where your Mac saves copied or cut content. This content can be text, images, files, or even folders. It allows you to easily move or duplicate content within and between applications.

Step 2: Accessing the Clipboard History

Starting from macOS Mojave (10.14) and later versions, Mac provides a built-in clipboard manager that allows you to access your clipboard history. To open the clipboard history:

  • Method 1: Press Command + Shift + V simultaneously in any application that supports pasting text. This shortcut will bring up the clipboard history menu.
  • Method 2: Alternatively, click on the Edit menu at the top of your screen and select “Show Clipboard”.


The second method is available in most applications, but not all support it. If you can’t find the “Show Clipboard” option in an app’s Edit menu, try using Method 1 instead.

Step 3: Navigating and Using Clipboard History

Once you’ve opened the clipboard history window, you’ll see a list of recently copied or cut items. The most recent item will be at the top of the list.

  • To paste an item from your clipboard history into an application, simply click on it. The selected item will be pasted at the cursor’s current location.
  • If you want to clear all items in your clipboard history, click on the “Clear All” button at the bottom of the clipboard history window.

Step 4: Customizing Clipboard History Settings

You can also customize your clipboard history settings to suit your needs. Here’s how:

  1. Go to System Preferences: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences”.
  2. Access Keyboard Preferences: In the System Preferences window, click on “Keyboard”.
  3. Open Clipboard Settings: In the Keyboard preferences, click on the “Keyboard” tab and then select “Shortcuts”. Finally, choose “Clipboard” from the left sidebar.

In this section, you can enable or disable various options like “Show Clipboard”, choose a different shortcut for accessing clipboard history, and even set how long items should remain in your clipboard history.


The maximum number of items that can be stored in your clipboard history is determined by your Mac’s available memory. Older items will automatically be removed as new ones are added.


You’ve successfully learned how to open and use the clipboard on your Mac. Now you can easily access and manage all of your copied or cut content whenever you need it!

We hope this tutorial was helpful. If you have any further questions, feel free to explore our other articles or reach out to Apple Support for more assistance.

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