Using the clipboard in Conceptboard

Conceptboard let's you use the clipboard of your operating system to easily insert content to your boards. Watch this video to get an idea of what is possible, or have a look at the detail cases and browser compatibility further down in this article. For more ways on adding content check the how to add content article.

Pasting screenshots and other visual content

Inserting images and screenshots from the clipboard into a board is the easiest way to add content into a board, and it works in most current browsers.

Using Ctrl / Cmd + V Chrome Firefox Edge IE Safari
Pasting visual content when the Insert sidebar is open*  ✓  ✓ ✓  ✓ 
Pasting visual content at any time   ✓  ✓     ✓ 

* Note: Users of Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer need to open the Insert sidebar (click "+ Insert" in the menu or the "+" symbol in the toolbar) to activate the clipboard for pasting via keyboard shortcut. Chrome users can paste content from their clipboard at anytime.

Capturing screenshots in Windows & Mac

You can easily take screenshots and capture anything on your operating system by using keyboard shortcuts. Please check out our article about how to take screenshots on Win & Mac to find out more - there are even some expert tips in, that very few people know.

If you are often taking screenshots from websites, we recommend our free Full Page Screenshot extension for Google Chrome. With this extension, you can not only capture entire websites, but also copy the image to your clipboard and use in any application you like.

Pasting images from Photoshop, Powerpoint etc.

In the same way as inserting screenshots from the clipboard, you can also paste other clipboard content. For example, you can select objects in an app like Photoshop or Powerpoint, press Ctrl/Cmd + C to copy them to your clipboard, switch to Conceptboard and insert the objects into your board with Ctrl/Cmd + V (please see the table above for browser restrictions).

In a lot of cases this will work, for example with apps like Photoshop, Powerpoint, Indesign, Sketch and many others. But in the end, the other app is responsible on which content it copies into the clipboard, and therefor there are cases that Conceptboard does not understand the content structure that was copied, and the pasting will not work. 

Pasting text and tables

Inserting text into your board is straight forward, and provide extra support when pasting tables. In this case, Conceptboard creates a structure of sticky notes, so they can be moved freely by your creative team.

Using Ctrl / Cmd + V Chrome Firefox Edge IE Safari
Pasting text into existing text elements ✓  ✓  ✓   ✓
Pasting text/tables as new stick notes when the Insert sidebar is open* ✓   
Pasting text/tables as new stick notes at any time        

* Note: Users of Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer need to open the Insert sidebar (click "+ Insert" in the menu or the "+" symbol in the toolbar) to activate the clipboard for pasting via keyboard shortcut. Chrome users can paste content from their clipboard at anytime. 

Pasting text into single elements

You can insert text that you copy from other apps easily with the keyboard shortcuts for pasting Ctrl/Cmd + V. Please note, that when you're currently editing a text element on your board (comment, text field, sticky note etc.), the text is copied into the same element. In this case you can also use your browser's right click menu to paste your text.

In case you are not editing a text element when pasting the new text via Ctrl/Cmd + V, a new sticky note is created and inserted into your board, which then contains your text.

Pasting tables into multiple sticky notes

When working with ideas and feedback, tables are often used for collection, whereas a visual tool like Conceptboard is ideal to perform a discussion or a clustering of the elements.

Therefor you can select and paste table cells into your boards from Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and HTML tables (websites). Pasting a table into a board will create a range of sticky notes, arranged in the order of the previous table cells.

Copy & paste in the same board

Copy and pasting within a board is possible on all browsers, as technically it is using an app internal mechanism that does not need the operational system's clipboard.

  Chrome Firefox Edge IE Safari
Duplicate board elements with the duplicate function
Duplicate board elements via copy & paste in the menu
Duplicate board elements with copy & paste keyboard shortcuts   ✓   ✓   ✓

To copy items in the same board, please use the "Duplicate" icon in the toolbar (appears when you have items selected), the copy & paste functionality in the menu bar or the right click menu, or use the common keyboard shortcuts:

  • PC: Copy: Ctrl + C and Paste: Ctrl + V
  • MAC: Copy: Cmd ⌘ + C and Paste: Cmd ⌘ + V 

Copy & paste between boards

When your boards grow too large, you can also copy content from one board to another, as long as you have both boards open in the same browser. Although again, an app internal mechanism is used for the copying, we cannot offer it in all browsers due to technical reasons.

  Chrome Firefox Edge IE Safari
Copy & paste objects between two boards (same browser)         

To perform the copying, please follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that you have both boards open in the same browser (different tabs; no anonymous windows)
  2. Switch to your source board, select all element you want to copy and press Ctrl/Cmd + C
  3. Switch to your target board an press Ctrl/Cmd + V to paste them again

Please note, that copying objects between boards is different from duplicating a whole board via the board settings or the board menu: 

  • If you are copying comments, those users will automatically have access to the new board. 
  • All objects are copied without attaching related files to the new board

Copying to the clipboard & pasting in other apps

When copying content from a board into another app, you can either select excerpts from your text elements on the board or copy a range of full text elements.


  Chrome Firefox Edge IE Safari
Copy text from within text elements on the board
Copy multiple text elements on the board


To grab text from a specific element, select the element, click the "edit" link and select the text you want to copy. Use the right click menu or the the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + C.

To copy complete text items without editing the text, select the items and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + to copy them. Note that the copy/duplicate functions in the toolbar will not work. Also, when pasting the text, a hint 'via Conceptboard' is added directly after the text.


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