How to fix stuck Mac OS X clipboard – won't copy/paste anything new

Something has been bugging me with OS X for a while — sometimes the OS X clipboard (officially known as "pasteboard") gets stuck and won't accept any new 'copied' content. Instead, when you 'paste' in any app, the clipboard always pastes back the last thing you successfully copied.

One solution to this is to reboot the Mac, but since Mac OS X is generally so stable and doesn't need to be periodically rebooted as a matter of course, rebooting a machine with many open apps and windows can be a hassle.

Searching for this issue online provides a lot of bad advice (one website I saw said "repair permissions and if that doesn't work, reinstall the OS"… terrible advice.)

Other websites incorrectly advise to kill the PBS process and restart it.

Apple's manual page for PBS notes it is not related to the Pasteboard process. Instead, the correct process to kill is PBoard.

So, to fix a stuck clipboard (pasteboard) problem, you simply need to:

1. Open your application folder

2. Open the utilities subfolder

3. Open the Activity Monitor app

4. Type "pboard" into the search box at the top right

5. In the search results below, there should only be one result — a row listing the "pboard" process. Highlight it by clicking on it.

6. Click the "x" button at the top left of the window which represents 'quit this process'

Once you've done that, OS X will kill the faulty PBoard process and re-establish it with a fresh one automatically. Your clipboard should be back to normal.

I have a suspicion that this stuck clipboard is a bug in OS X Mavericks 10.9 – I don't recall it happening before I installed that. It is still an (infrequent) current problem as at 10.9.2.

Word 2011 for Mac gets blank dialogue boxes, then crashes

Anyone else see this problem with Word for Mac?

Often, when I am using Word for Mac 2011 on Mac OS X (I've seen the problem since 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion), Word starts putting up blank dialogue boxes — e.g. literally blank white, with no buttons or text.

Soon after, Word crashes.

The following errors are logged repeatedly in the Console shortly before Word crashes.

WindowServer[109]: map_shmem_internal : vm_map(3: (os/kern) no space available) : Cannot map memory
Microsoft Word[16338]: bind_window_backing: cannot map backing data shmem
Microsoft Word[16338]: _CGSLockWindow: Unable to lock window

The other long-standing bug with Word that drives me crazy is that when you're using it on an external monitor, with the lid of your Mac closed, and then you disconnect the external monitor, the Mac sleeps, and you later resume the Mac, all the Word document windows are blank, but all with random bright coloured backgrounds. I don't know if the problem is related.

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I've seen these problems on my MacBook Pro which had 8GB RAM and my current MacBook Air with 4GB RAM. Problem occurs whether I'm using discrete NVIDIA graphics or the built-in Intel graphics.

Stop NAB Internet Banking opening in a full-screen popup window

If you're a customer of NAB (formerly known as National Australia Bank), you'll no doubt have found the way its internet banking opens up in a new, full-screen window — even if you have a 30" monitor.

In the office, this is particularly annoying because it makes it difficult to discreetly check your bank balance without giving everyone around you a "full screen view" of your finances.

A looooong time ago my old friend Simon Wright (proprietor of the excellent Whirlpool.net.au online community) wrote a script to stop this annoying full screen NAB internet banking behaviour.

It's a "userscript" that slightly modifies the code on the NAB homepage to stop this annoying pop-up behaviour. To use it, you have to install a plug-in in your browser — Greasemonkey on Firefox or GreaseKit on Safari. Chrome has the capability built in already.

 

To install the script in Firefox:

1. Install the Greasemonkey for Firefox plugin

2. Restart Firefox (File > Quit) then reopen it

3. Click on this link to download Simon's NAB Internet Banking no-fullscreen UserScript

4. Click the "install" button that comes up.

5. Enjoy your NAB internet banking without the stupid 90s full-screen pop-up window!

 

To install the script in Safari:

1. Install Ninjakit for Safari (download the extension file, then double click it in the downloads list to open and install it)

2. Click on this link to download Simon's NAB Internet Banking no-fullscreen UserScript [currently I can't find a way to actually install the script as of Safari 5.1.5… waiting for the developer of Ninjakit to release an update.)

 

To install the script in Chrome:

1. Go into Chrome

2. Click on this link to download Simon's NAB Internet Banking no-fullscreen UserScript

3. Click the "add" button that comes up.

4. Enjoy your NAB internet banking without the stupid 90s full-screen pop-up window!

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