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PasteAsFile: Directly Save Clipboard Items To Files

Whenever we research something on the web, we save the related information for later use. What we usually do is copy the text, open an empty notepad file, paste the text there, and save it. If you are trying to store information from different sources, saving all of them in one file will not only confuse you, but also make it hard to organize the information. In order to avoid the confusion, what you can do is save the copied snippet in a different text file and rename each file accordingly, but that can waste a lot of your precious time. Text-based data is not the only thing that one needs to research for while doing a project. Today, we have an application for you called PasteAsFile, which lets you paste any text or image related item from the Windows Clipboard directly into a file. You do not have to create an empty file of any kind before pasting the clipboard content. With PasteAsFile, you no longer need to open the file to paste the required item into it. Just copy the item (text/image) to the Windows clipboard, right-click the file in which you want to insert the copied snippet, and click Paste As File option.

After installation, the application integrates into Windows Explorer context menu, and lets you paste text and images directly into files without having to manually open them. The supported formats for text files include TXT, RTF, DOC, HTML, PHP and a lot of other formats that deal with text, while the supported image file formats are JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF, TGA and PCX. By default, TXT format is selected for text files, and PNG is selected for saving images. You can enter any other format of your choice in the given field. This eliminates the need to change the format of the file after saving it. The file will be created in the same location that you access the context menu. For instance, if you right-click your desktop and select PasteAsFile, the desktop will be selected as the default directory of that file.


Upon click, a dialog box pops up, allowing you to change the file name and its extension. You can also choose another location for the file by clicking the Choose Location file.

Paste As File

PasteAsFile works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Testing was carried out on Windows 7 64-bit edition.

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  1. I gave it a try on a PC at work, but it didn’t go very well. This application should be considered a Beta.

    After installing & running it, I tested it: I copied some plain text to the clipboard, and then right-clicked an existing txt file on my desktop, and “Paste As File” wasn’t in the context menu. I right-clicked on my desktop, and “Paste As File” wasn’t there, either. I right-clicked on a folder on my desktop, and “Paste As File” did finally show up in the menu.

    Suspecting I was doing something wrong, I checked the included pdf, which said:
    “Since Windows XP does not have an easy way to add context menu items to the desktop and folder
    background like Vista and above does, I had to add the menu item to the context menu of the folders.
    So in Windows XP, right click on a folder and choose Paste As File.”

    Contrary to Fawad’s article, the documentation also says, in big bold text, that RTF is no longer supported, because it caused “crashing” and “duplicate processes.”

    Not performing as I’d hoped it would, I decided to uninstall it. There’s no way to uninstall it via Revo Uninstaller, and no way to uninstall it via CCleaner, so I used the program’s uninstall file (which spelled the word ‘paste’ as “Paset” in 3 or 4 different locations). After running the uninstall, I right-clicked a folder, and “Paste As File” was still in the context menu.

    I used CCleaner to manually remove it from the context menu, and also had to manually delete all of the program’s folder/files from both the Start Menu and the installation location.

    This program has every indication that it was created very quickly, with as little effort as possible: not offering full support for XP because it wasn’t “easy” — removed support for rtf after eventually finding out users experienced system crashes — very limited information provided in the documentation, and suprisingly less on the website — poor & incomplete uninstall routine — spelling errors & typos. If it had been called a Beta version, that would be understandable, but this is being offered as a complete application, and it’s kind of a mess.

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