Chrome OS Sharing Hub receives essential “Copy to clipboard” functionality
With the release of Chrome 94, Google’s browser gained the ability to natively share content directly through the Omnibox at the top. In the modern day we find ourselves in, I was amazed to find that the desktop version of Chrome had no built-in way to share links and pages with one click, and that would have to be copied and pasted. URL in a separate old-fashioned environment.
Now that you can just click on the universal share icon, sending items through Nearby Share or any other PWA you have installed is a snap. Sharing Hub is now getting easier with a new Chrome Developer Flag first discovered by Kevin about Chromebooks. A “Copy to Clipboard” option will now appear when enabled on Chrome Canary.
Enable copy to clipboard in Chrome OS share sheet
Activates a share action in the share sheet that copies the selected data to the clipboard. – Chrome OS
Kevin thinks this awesome new feature will show up in Chrome 97 Stable, so it’s still a bit far for most users. In order for the Copy to Clipboard option to appear after enabling this new flag, you will also need to enable the “Chrome OS Sharing Hub” flag in conjunction with it, as they go hand in hand.
Obviously, you can just use your keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste, but having everything neatly packed into a single modern button makes it easy for the average user to handle this small but important and often-performed task. I’ve been complaining about the exclusion of a Share button on the desktop for years, and I’m happy to finally see Google investing heavily in it this year.