Introduction to Pasteboards Programming Topics

You typically use pasteboards in copy and paste operations, although pasteboards also provide the basis of system services (see System Services). NSPasteboard objects transfer data to and from the pasteboard server. The server is shared by all running applications. It contains data that the user has cut or copied, as well as other data that one application wants to transfer to another. NSPasteboard objects are an application’s sole interface to the server and to all pasteboard operations.

You should read this document to learn how to implement copy and paste in your application, and to learn about the different types of pasteboard

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