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Type Clipboard Workflow for Alfred App
Simple workflow to write the clipboard content in those situations where ⌘ → V doesn't work, typically in non Cocoa application dialogs. It has happened to me in older Flash versions, Intellij IDEA and a few others. You have to go and paste with right clicking the mouse or pad... Atrocious!!

After installing the workflow you have to setup the default keyboard shortcut, since Alfred does not auto-import keyboard shortcuts on workflows. I use ⇧⌃⌥⌘ → V, since I don't use it that often.
Alternatively, you can trigger the typing with the typeclipboard keyword.

Just trigger the shortcut or keyword to type the clipboard content. There's a character cap of 500 characters, to avoid accidents, since the typing takes time depending on the length of the text. If you hit the cap, you'll hear a classic error sound.

Download the alfred-type-clipboard.alfredworkflow and import to Alfred 2.


Source Code

Clone or Fork the Workflow: https://github.com/ramiroaraujo/alfred-type-clipboard-workflow


  • 2014-02-04 - Released
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On 12/19/2016 at 11:57 AM, Jack Musick said:



I've been using this for a while. Recently it started changing the casing in letters at random. Any idea why this would be?

Are you accidentally keeping the shift key pressed while the workflow is running?  That might do it.


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5 hours ago, Empyreal said:

Are you accidentally keeping the shift key pressed while the workflow is running?  That might do it.



Nope. It's some kind of macOS bug. I ended up fixing it by adjusting the underlying Apple Script to this:


on alfred_script(q)
  set chars to count (get the clipboard)
if chars > 500 then
	do shell script "afplay /System/Library/Sounds/Funk.aiff"
	tell application "System Events"
		set _index to 1
		repeat with letter in (get the clipboard)
			keystroke letter
			delay 5.0E-4
		end repeat
	end tell
end if
end alfred_script

I've been using it just fine since.


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