Fix Copy/Paste on your Mac

Learn how to fix the copy/paste functionality on your Mac via Terminal. Continue Reading Fix Copy/Paste on your Mac

I’ve been having recurring issues with my MacBook Pro not allowing me to copy/paste. It’s especially frustrating with code samples that you don’t want to re-type. This article by OSX Daily has great advice on fixing this issue: Copy Paste Not Working on Mac? Here’s How to Fix a Stuck Clipboard

Reset your clipboard via Terminal

This is the easiest method to fix this issue.

If you prefer to use the Terminal to remedy the problem, do the following:

  1. Open the Terminal application, found in /Applications/Utilities/
  2. Type the following command exactly:

    killall pboard

  3. Hit Return
    1. This will terminate and relaunch the pboard process, which is the clipboard daemon for Mac OS. If you’re savvy with the command line you can immediate test if the clipboard is working as expected with pbcopy and pbpaste, the command line tools that work with the clipboard on the Mac.

      Copy Paste Not Working on Mac? Here’s How to Fix a Stuck Clipboard

Enable full keyboard access on your Mac

This article was originally written by Todd Kloots for the Yahoo! Accessibility Lab. It answers a very common problem for Mac computers and has been re-printed within the Intuit Accessibility blog with permission from Yahoo Accessibility.

Full keyboard access isn’t enabled by default in Mac OS. Often this leaves developers thinking there is something wrong with the implementation of keyboard access for a site or application, when in fact it is just a matter of changing a few system and browser preferences.

Continue Reading Enable full keyboard access on your Mac