Mac: clipboard with copy and paste no longer works

Strange clipboard behavior on Mac? The solution to your problem could be found here.

Some functions are used so naturally on the Mac that at first one is very puzzled when they no longer work. For example, the "copy and paste" function in my calendar today. As usual, I created all the garbage can pick-up dates with a note in the calendar and then just wanted to distribute them to the other days of the year by copying and pasting. Unfortunately, no calendar entry came up when I inserted it. Also in the context menu - which is called with the right mouse button - there was no option "Insert event", as it should normally be.

The confusing thing was that I was able to copy and paste text passages all day without any problems. So what could be the reason for this bitchy behavior on the Mac?

Strange clipboard behavior on Mac? The solution to your problem could be found here.

Strange clipboard behavior on Mac? The solution to your problem could be found here.

Solution: Add-on program Get Plain Text interferes

After pondering a bit, I finally came up with the solution: I have the little software tool "Get Plain Text"run in the background, which removes the formatting of texts from the clipboard, so that only pure text remains. Apparently, this tool also changes the calendar entries that are on the clipboard so that they are no longer recognizable as such and no longer each other After I had unceremoniously deactivated the option "Remove formatting automatically", copying and pasting calendar entries ran again.

By clicking the right mouse button, you can call up a context menu in Apple's calendar app on the Mac, which you can normally use to copy and paste entries.

By clicking the right mouse button, you can call up a context menu in Apple's calendar app on the Mac, which you can normally use to copy and paste entries.

If you are also having such strange problems, see if you have a small tool running that manipulates the contents of the clipboard in some way. There is a good chance that this explains the strange behavior of the Mac. : D

For me it was "Get Plain Text" - which in itself has a super practical function - but there is certainly more software that could serve as the cause of the copy-and-paste problems here.

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1 comment

  1. Thomas says:

    Thanks for the tip!

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