Paste As File is an app to paste the contents of the clipboard to a new file in the current folder via the context menu windows explorer background. It can paste as a text file, RTF file, PDF file, or image file based on the contents of the clipboard. Supported image formats are jpg, pcx, png, bmp, tga, gif, tif and PDF.
You can paste as any plain text file just by changing the extension. If you want to paste to a HTML file, just change the extension to HTML.
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Reviews for Paste As File
Paste As File takes a unique approach of saving the clipboard content to a new file. It is a lightweight Windows application that gets the job done by getting integrated with Windows Explore for ease of use. The application remains hidden and only comes to life when you right-click something and select ‘Paste as file’ option from the context menu.
The installation takes a couple of minutes due to the small size of the software application. When the installation is done, the “Paste As File” entry is already added in the right-click context menu. Selecting it from the right-click context menu gives you different options to paste depending on the content on your clipboard. The utility has a clean and simplistic layout offering only a few configuration settings to tweak around with. Working around and getting used to this tool is extremely easy.
Saving to Various File Formats
This tool allows the users to specify the filename and select the output format, for text namely HTML, PDF, RTF, plain text format, and for images namely JPG, PCX, PNG, BMP, TGA, GIF, or TIF file format.
Ease Of Use
It is extremely easy to work with this tool, as you only need to copy the text messages or images to the Clipboard and access the right-click menu for enabling the function “Paste as File”.
Does not affect computer performance
This software application is a small utility tool, and can be only accessed through Windows Explorer. Being lightweight, it does not take up a lot of CPU and RAM, so it does not affect the PC performance at all.
Does not work as promised
It only works flawlessly for text type content and files. Unfortunately, all the image content I tried to copy and ‘Paste As File’ failed and gave me an error that also showed the developers address to report bug.
Content of Clipboard and New file has to be the same type
The factor of ease of use is eliminated if you have to repeat the file creation steps, when the content on clipboard does not match the new file type.
My Favourite Features
Ease of use
It makes everyday tasks easier to perform, all you need to save the copied content is right-click and select “Paste As File”
Paste As File saves the Clipboard content to a file (e.g. HTML, PDF, TXT) and is integrated with Windows Explorer. It can be a handy tool for users who do a lot of copy and paste work everyday. If only the developer is able to get rid of the obvious bugs and make it more functional, then this tool would be the best application that offers only a few configuration settings for helping you save the Clipboard content to a file.
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Very helpful review, Malik. Thanks. BTW, in your overview paragraph you said the layout was “clean and simplistic”, but I’m thinking you meant “simple” instead, because it’s definitely not simplistic–it has just the right amount of complexity for the functions it needs to present.
I’ve been a constant user of PasteAsFIle since 2012 (when it still was freeware) and ALWAYS make it one of the first applications I install on my Windows machines. When I truly understood what it is and, correspondingly, what it is not, I found it to be a really convenient, almost indispensable addition to Windows Explorer. So did Martin Brinkman: http://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/29/pasteasfile-save-windows-clipboard-entries-to-files-in-windows-explorer/
For me, the single most useful feature is PAF’s ability to “accurately” reproduce most HTML pages. For example, I want to preserve two reviews preceding my own and put them in the same folder in which today’s freebie’s installer is saved. With PAF, I can simply highlight/select the desired text and images (in this case, Dennis Nelson’s and Melvin Sync’s avatars) and copy same to my clipboard. The result can then be pasted in any folder in a host of formats, including HTML — with all text, images, hyper-links and formatting preserved, usually extremely accurately if not perfectly.
I find PAF indispensable for “clipping” articles from the dozens of online magazines, blogs, newspapers, etc., that I read daily. If you follow the recommendation of the publisher and also choose to install Nirsofer’s NirCMD, you make this process even easier.
I find the documentation and help resources are more than adequate in getting the most from this really cool application.
My only complaint is that (perhaps since I also have another clipboard utility, Ditto, running in the background) PasteAsFile will sometimes paste HTML as coded text, rather than the web-display I intended. However, simply re-pasting the contents of the clipboard usually clears the glitch.
I highly recommend giving this neat, little application a thorough workout.
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Thank you for the great review. I’m very happy you like it.
Saving a portion of a web page appeals to me.
Can it save that into a single file (.MHT) ?
For many years now I saved many, many thousands of web pages.
If I saved them as complete web pages, they all would have a companion sub folder with same name + _files
(If all of those files had those flipping companion folders, I would have blown my brains out before now)
What saved my sanity, was the ability to save complete web pages into a single file with the extension .MHT
Does this giveaway have that ability ?
PS Other members reading this, who use FireFox, you can install an extension called unMHT for saving complete web pages into a single .MHT file
Be aware of this: It ONLY works in Windows Explorer, does not work in any other file browser I have. Tried it in XYplorer and xplorer², and it does not appear in either one’s context menu.
Nice concept, but it needs to work everywhere in a file browser context menu, not just in Windows Explorer.
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Slight modification to above…it works sometimes in other file browsers, and sometimes not; seems dependent on folder contents.
It will work in xplorer2, at least in the older, but registered, version I’m using. Try right-clicking on a folder in the folder list (left side). So far it’s working OK to copy selected text from a webpage and pasting it as HTML. Might come in handy.
New ways of copying and pasting content keep cropping up every other time. Case in point is the Paste As File program that tries to bring in a fresh approach. The program allows you to paste the content of the clipboard into a file or your choice or create a new folder all together. Since it seemed like a handy tool, I installed the software and let me take you through my experience.
At a Glance
The small size of the program’s installation file allowed me to be through with the installation process within a couple of minutes. After completing the process, Paste As File will automatically be added to the context menu windows explorer. In order to get started, the program adds a manual PDF file in the installation directory to explain how to use it. Launching the program only needs you to right click inside Windows explorer.
Super Easy to Use
Using Paste As File is easy. Just copy any content and then proceed to right click a Windows explorer and choose Paste As File to launch the program’s interface. On the interface, you could change the file’s name and the extension. At the same time, you can change the directory to save your new file.
Supports Saving in Various File Types
If you copy text from a source, the program allows you to save the new file in PDF, HTML, plain text, or even PHP. On the other hand, if the content of the clipboard is an image, you can save in a range of other image file types like BMP, JPG, and PNG. If you copy a file, you can directly save it as a ZIP right away.
After installing the program, you will not that it does not come up with a dedicated interface to access its features. You only get to launch it inside the Windows explorer. This approach of executing its operations also makes the program a minimalist in computer resource usage hence it won’t affect your computer’s performance.
Re-invents the Wheel
Although Paste As File reduces the number of steps that you have to perform in creating a new file, you can still perform the same with other programs. For instance, if you already have a file compression file installed on your computer, you can right click on a file and compress it right away, a feature that this program provides.
New File Has to Match Clipboard Content
To start with, you may be frustrated while using Paste As File. The problem arises when you try saving a new file whole type does no match the content of the clipboard. This necessitates the need to be aware of how the program handles different file types to avoid repeating the file creation steps.
If most of the tasks you perform on a regular basis involves copying and pasting content, then Paste As File can come in handy in helping you reduce the number of steps of creating files with the clipboard content. A little knowledge of file types will make your experience smoother. The program works just fine.
Paste As File is meant to be light and unobtrusive in its operations. The developer managed to implement this mighty fine by coming up with a feather weight app that hides in your PC and only comes to life when you right click something. This is pretty neat and lovable. But in my opinion, it is the very strength and weakness of Paste as a File.
The first thing I did upon installing the app was right click on an explorer window to launch the interface. The fact that it integrates to explorer does away with the need to code an heavy UI and launch protocol making it very light on the resources. Right clicking pops it up in the context menu and selecting it gives you different paste options depending on what is in your clipboard.
It’s Light and Unobtrusive
I know I have already said about this. To emphasize it, you won’t really know it’s there until you right click on an explorer window or on the desktop. The actual pasting of some files from the clipboard is flawless and the app even gives you the options to choose the file extension you want, whether to keep a text rich file in the destination folder or to convert between different file and document types.
Saves You the Pain of Creating Files
I think Paste as File will be especially useful if you tend to transfer text from the clipboard into specific documents or files. It will save you the pain of having to create the file first before pasting. This buys some extra seconds and could actually make life more interesting to you.
Not Everything Worked
I had trouble pasting videos and images. All the app could do was give me a code and the developer address asking me to send a bug report. One bug report is acceptable. Prompting a report on every attempted paste other than simple text pastes is simply unacceptable.
You Have to Know Your File Extensions
Paste as File attempts to convert your documents as you save them. While this might work with text documents, it really makes no sense with images, video and audio files since all the app wants you to do is change the file extension, not actually convert the file type. This will definitely result in corrupted data and many frustrations.
I accidentally, well, intentionally, clicked on the ‘enable popup’ in the options menu. All I get upon right clicking and choosing Paste As File now is the destination file types. Not the user interface with all the other settings. Since there is no guide as to how I can go back to the main interface, I had to simply kill the app from task manager and restart it to get the interface back.
Paste as File is a great idea that is yet to be a fully-fledge usable app. I think it will give you great hopes but end up dashing you upon the rocks once you start using it. The developer should really do something about the obvious bugs and rather fantasy-based file type conversions.
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Did you try pasting video and audio files with this? Funny.
I will agree it has a ways to go though.
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