Chromebooks will get a native clipboard manager in Chrome OS 89

Chromebooks will get a native clipboard manager in Chrome OS 89

Google has been working on adding a native clipboard manager to Chromebooks for the last few months. We first spotted evidence of the feature in June this year, when a new commit called “Multipaste” was added to the Chromium Gerrit. At the time, we had learned that the clipboard manager would allow users to paste the last 5 copied items by using the “Search+V” keyboard shortcut. But back then, we had no information regarding a possible release timeline. Now, we’ve spotted another merged commit in the Chromium Gerrit, which suggests that the feature will be making its way to users with Chrome OS 89.

The new commit is titled “Enable Multipaste by default,” and its description states the feature will be “Launching in M-89,” and it will be enabled by default. In case you missed our previous coverage, the Chromebook clipboard manager will store the five most recent items that have been copied. These could include text, formatted text, images, links in a bookmark format, and something called “web smart paste.” Google may also add a button in the quick settings tray to open the clipboard manager without the keyboard shortcut.

Since Google recently released Chrome OS 87 on the stable channel, there’s still some time before the new native clipboard manager reaches users. But we’re definitely glad that Google decided to push forward with the feature, as it can really come in handy if you do a lot of copy and pasting. Windows 10 and Gboard offer similar clipboard managers, and I use them quite often. So I can assure you that it’s a fantastic addition and it will help you save a lot of time. But I do wish Google considers upgrading the Chrome OS clipboard manager to save more than just five items. While the commit currently doesn’t highlight any such changes, Google may increase the limit by the time the clipboard manager is ready for primetime.

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.