Paste text even when prohibited in OS X (password dialogs etc)

I wrote a tiny AppleScript application which pastes text into fields which do not allow Cmd+V pasting (like password prompts). This may come in handy when working through VNC/remote desktop or virtualization software (such as Apple Screen Sharing, Parallels Desktop etc). Personally I use it to type in my password into the login screen of the Windows virtual machine.


To put it in simple terms: the app uses the virtual keyboard to type in the text from your clipboard. It tricks the program that asks for your input into thinking that you’re actually typing on your keyboard.

The downside of the app is that it occupies space in the Dock.

Download Force (~15KB). Don’t forget to drag it into your Dock!

(Advanced users may want to use it from the Script menu rather than the Dock. Download main.scpt and put it to ~/Library/Scripts/ directory).

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12 Responses to Paste text even when prohibited in OS X (password dialogs etc)

  1. Dwayne says:

    how do you actually use this little app?

  2. Oliver says:

    Thank you so much Dae, this is a genius script. I just got a new external drive and was horrified I couldn’t paste my randomly generated 50 character/digit/symbol/upper-case/lower-case password! You have just saved me at least half-an-hour!


  3. George says:

    Thank you so much for creating this and making it freely available. Now I can keep using long random passwords without going insane. A lifesaver.

  4. Kelvin says:

    This little app is awesome! The perfect companion to 1Password!

  5. Paolo G. Giarrusso says:

    Thanks a lot!

  6. Brian Aker says:


    Do you have the entire project pushed up to github anywhere?


  7. Andy Ibanez says:

    Fantastic tool Dae.

    I really hate it how we can’t copy paste into the text field whenever we are asked for a password, like when working with certificates or encrypting disk images.

    I will try to fork the project to do it a little bit more friendly. Thanks a lot for the tool and for releasing the source code.

  8. Curtis Jackson says:

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you! from a 1Password user.

  9. Max says:

    Great script Dae! thanks a lot

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