MacOS X How To: Saving Clipboard Content as Plain Text File

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OS X TextEdit saves text as RTF. If you want to save clipboard content as plain text without installing third party applications. Follow the steps below.

  1. Open TextEdit application
  2. Menu->Preferences
  3. Choose [Format] -> [Plain Text]
  4. Type Command+N to create new document
  5. Type Command+V to paste clipboard content
  6. Type Command+S and choose Plain Text Encoding and Input file name and [Save]

Another method(Using command line)

  1. Open Terminal and cd to any folder
  2. Type command below

    pbpaste> pasted.text

Use pbcopy to copy input pipe to clipboard

echo Hello|pbcopy

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