Basic Usage

This page describes the basic functionality of CopyQ clipboard manager.

First Start

To start CopyQ, double-click the program icon or run command copyq. This starts the graphical interface which can be accessed from the tray (NOTE: on OS X the tray defaults to the top-right of the screen and is not to be confused with Launchpad). Click the tray icon to show application window or right-click the tray icon and select “Show/Hide” or run copyq show command.

copyq show

The central element in the application window is item list containing clipboard history. By default, the application stores any new clipboard content in the list.

If you copy some text it will immediately show at the top of the list. Try copying text or images from various application to see how this works.

Basic Item Manipulation

In the item list, press F2 to edit selected text items. After editing, press F2 again to save the text.

Create new item with Ctrl+N, type some text and press F2 to save the new item.

Copy the selected items back to clipboard with Enter key or Ctrl+C.

Move items around with Ctrl+Down and Ctrl+Up.

You can move important or special items to new tabs (see Tabs for more info).


To quickly copy item to clipboard, you can select the item from tray menu. To display the menu either right-click on tray icon, run command copyq menu or use a custom system shortcut.

copyq menu

After selecting an item in tray menu and pressing enter (pressing a number key works as well), the item is copied to the clipboard.