Direct Paste & Paste Helper

When you double-click on a history or pinboard item, it gets copied to your clipboard and you can use it by pasting to any application with ⌘ Cmd - V shortcut manually. Direct Paste, as the name suggests, allows you to paste selected items directly to other applications. You can enable this feature in Preferences -> General. Please note, if you use Paste from the Mac App Store, you'll need to install Paste Helper in order to enable this feature.


In order to work, Direct Paste requires access to the accessibility features on your Mac and in some cases (eg operating system updates) it gets broken and you'll need to grant the access manually.

If the Direct Paste doesn't work properly, try to follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure that Direct Paste is enabled in Preferences -> General
  2. Dowload and re-install Paste Helper
  3. Go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Accessibility and make sure that Paste Helper (or Paste if you use a Setapp version) is enabled in the list.

If all looks good but the Direct Paste still doesn't work, perform the following steps:

  1. Remove Paste Helper (or Paste if you use a Setapp version) from the list in System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Accessibility by selecting it and pressing "minus" button
  2. Restart your Mac
  3. Launch Paste and try to use Direct Paste. 
  4. When you see a prompt to grant access to Paste Helper, click "Open System Preferences" and enable Paste helper in the list.

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