PasteAsFile: Save Images & Text From Your Clipboard Directly To Any Folder [Windows]

Justin Pot 19-09-2012

how to save images from clipboardPaste any image or text to any folder in your computer, as a file. PasteAsFile is a simple Windows program that makes your clipboard that much more useful, and it’s a dream for people who love collecting images or quotes in folders.


By default you can copy an image and paste it into any program that can handle images. If you want to save the file, you can do so from within an image editor. You cannot, however, simply paste that image to the desktop. The same goes for any copied text.

PasteAsFile changes that, adding an option to Explorer’s right-click menu for pasting copied content as a file. You can even change the file format of any image by simply changing the file extension, useful if (for example) you copied a GIF and need a PNG.

Improve your copy-paste skills, now. Here’s how.

Better Pasting

PasteAsFile isn’t hard to use; in fact, you’re almost certainly familiar with the first part of the process. Simply copy any image or collection of text:

how to save images from clipboard

Next, open up your file browser and right-click. Here’s me right-clicking the desktop:

how to copy images from clipboard

There’s a new option: Paste As File. Clicking it, appropriately enough, allows you to paste the contents of your clipboard as a file. You’ll see some options first:

how to copy images from clipboard

Name the file whatever you want. If you’re pasting an image you can quickly convert it to any file by simply changing the file extension in this window. The following extensions are supported:

  • jpg
  • pcx
  • png
  • bmp
  • tga
  • gif
  • tif

Again: simply change the file extension and PasteAsFile will convert the file for you, but you need to do it in the PasteAsFile window. Simply renaming the file after pasting won’t accomplish anything.

You can also, optionally, place the file in any folder you like – useful if you didn’t open your file browser to the appropriate folder.

The process is virtually identical for text but you can only paste your text as a .txt file. Formatting, obviously, will not be maintained, and you cannot change the file format as you can with images.

how to save images from clipboard

This is a useful way to paste useful tidbits to your desktop for later, or to slowly collect a folder of great quotes over time.

There’s really not a lot else to this program to learn. Like I said, PasteAsFile is very easy to use.

Download PasteAsFile

Ready to try out PasteAsFile? Head to, the official site of developer Chris Gingerich. You’ll find two links to the program, but you may need a program capable of opening RAR files to open it.


This program adds to Windows functionality that should have been there all along. Even better, it’s lightweight and stays out of your way until you need it. I love simple programs like this that do one thing and do it well.

What are you using PasteAsText for? Let’s discuss in the comments below. Also feel free to point out other simple programs that add functionality to Windows – especially features you think should have been there all along.

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  1. Tom
    June 13, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Doesn't work at all. Tried to paste an image in several different formats. Every time, I get Error 23:498, whatever that is.

  2. Hannes Grebin
    January 28, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    The problem is that it doesn't has a second in timestamp so if you want to save multiple images in a minute you constantly overwrite the last file not unless you fix this manually. Wrote the author.

  3. GrrGrrr
    September 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    this looks good to use.

    For my use i would like to see a feature for OCR also, as I have to work with scan pdf files.

  4. Doc
    September 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Wow...haven't seen PCX or TGA files in a looong time.

  5. Jacob Twitchel
    September 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I can't wait to try this program. Looks very helpful. One program that I use all the time on my flash drive is called Fast Stone Capture aka fscapture. They have portable versions of it online for free. All you got to do is download the .zip file and extract it. Then put it on your flash drive and anytime you want to take a screen capture you can open the .exe file on your flash drive and select the way you want to capture your screen. You can capture the entire screen or just a small section. You can also do a scrolling capture. I love this portable app. It is also one of the smallest apps that I use the most and the most helpful. I wish this was built into Windows. It should be able to save it in multiple image formats too. Also since its portable there is no installation needed to your computer, just select it and it opens!

  6. Erlis D.
    September 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I would say really nice! Now it's not more needed to create a text file and paste the text! :3