When Google Drive was updated yesterday with the new native spreadsheet editor, all other aspects of the update were instantly less interesting. Now that the dust has settled and our excitement for the new editor has become more manageable, there's another nifty feature worth highlighting: the new "copy to clipboard" choice in the global share menu.

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Now, when you choose to share something via the built-in option in any application, you will see an option for "copy to clipboard" - it was actually a little confusing where this new addition came from initially, but Ron notices every detail that exists in everything and immediately knew it was thanks to the Drive update. Sure enough - there it is as the last little thing in the changelog. Neat.

Of course, not everyone uses Drive. For you guys, there's a similar option: just install this app. It essentially does the same thing, only less Drive-y.

So there you go, the clipboard just becomes about 100 times more useful. Thanks, Google!

[Thanks, Matt and Valerio!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • MorpheousMarty

    How do I use this clipboard from my PC?

    • Scott

      This is talking about the Android Google Drive program update. What are you talking about?

    • Peterson Silva

      Well, although the question is kind of nonsensical, you can install Airdroid. When you access the phone from the PC you will be able to control the clipboard, which includes copying what's already in there, into your PC's clipboard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mika.saarela Mika Saarela

    About time to be able to share anything to Google Talk. Previously I had to share to messaging and copy from there to be able to paste to Google Talk. Why Talk is not in the share list is incomprehensible.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    I sent you that D:

  • Marat Levit

    Why would they add this functionality through Google Drive? It would be much easier to just build this functionality straight into Android so everyone would have it or put it into an app every has like Google Search for example.

    • http://profiles.google.com/fahadayaz Fahad Ayaz

      I thought the same at first, too. Then I realised that this way, it gets to every device that supports Google Drive, ie Android 2.1

      Maybe they'll bake it in to a future version of Android.

  • SuperAwesomeTime

    I'm not sure that I get the use for this. If I long press on something I already get an option to copy... does this offer some functionality that "select->copy" does not. Can I access this clipboard from any device that has drive installed and linked to the same account. I'm struggling to see how this is new functionality and not just a redundant link to the copy option that android always had after selecting text, url, etc. Not trolling, just genuinely confused. People seem excited...I want to be excited.

    • Blake Ourso

      Try going to spotify app and grabbing the direct link to a song. You'll understand the frustration that this cures pretty instantaneiously.

      NOTE: Spotify doesn't have a "copy link" share option ;)

  • Matthew Fry

    I like ClipIt a lot.

  • JG

    Out of curiosity... The "Share Via" menu in the picture - how did you get it to be in a grid like that? Is it stock Android or a specific OEM's skin? I kind of like it a lot better than the scroll-able single-file list my phone has....

    • Blake Ourso

      Jelly Bean+ I believe. It may have been in ICS too.

  • Anon

    I used Share2Copy application before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrmorrison Christian Morrison

    Have they fixed or even plan on fixing the crappy video quality streaming? That really is the only reason I haven't switched to drive yet -.-

  • hikmatune

    Any way I could turn off this annoying feature. I don't want to copy to clipboard I rather store the link for later read or reference. Any advice?