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Dropshelf is a place to put things. Drag anything to the edge of the screen, and a shelf slides out. Drop files, text clippings and links — whatever you want to keep handy.

OS X 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10
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How to use Dropshelf

1. Drag an item to the edge of the screen. You can drag files, text clippings, web links and more.
2. Drop it on the shelf. Dropshelf automatically slides out from the edge of the screen.
3. Keep it handy. You can add more items to the same shelf, and you can create multiple shelves.
4. Drag it out. When you are ready, drag the items out to any other app.
To get the most out of Dropshelf, check out the User Guide — it's full of tips and tricks.

Screen Shots

Create shelves wherever there is space at the edge of the screen, including multiple monitors.
Dropshelf makes it easy to drag items between apps, including full screen apps.

Release Notes

v1.2 (23 May 2014)

Welcome to a huge Dropshelf update!

User interface improvements:

  • Minimizable shelves: Inactive shelves now automatically slide out of view until needed.
  • File name display: The file name (or other description of the contents) is now shown in the menu button on the shelf.
  • Color schemes: Choose from subtle gray and calming blue themes, as well as the default yellow and black.
  • Screen edge exclusion: Added a preferences option to choose which sides of the screen will trigger a shelf.

New commands in the main menu:

  • Added “New Shelf” command to the main menu, which creates a new empty shelf.
  • Also added “New Shelf from Clipboard”, which pastes the current clipboard contents into a new shelf.
  • Added “Reopen Last Shelf”, which reopens the most recently closed shelf.

Integration with other apps:

  • Dropshelf now has an OS X Services menu item: "Send to Dropshelf”, which works with both files and text.
  • Dropshelf now appears in the "Open With" menu in Finder.
  • You can add Dropshelf as a printing workflow target, and as an output target in apps such as Hazel.
  • Added a URL scheme for creating new shelves.
  • ... and all this means there is now a PopClip Extension.


  • URLs on a shelf are now treated as their own special type, with a custom thumbnail showing the address.
  • Added "Open" command for URLs.

Text files and clippings:

  • You can now convert a text clipping to a file, right there on the shelf.
  • Conversely, you can drag a text file onto the shelf and load its contents as a text clipping.

More data types:

  • Colors: You can now drag colours from a colour picker into and out of Dropshelf.
  • .textClipping files dropped into Dropshelf automatically turn into text clippings.
  • .webloc files dropped into Dropshelf are treated as URLs.

Other improvements:

  • Improved dragging detection makes it easier to trigger a new shelf.
  • When a file or a URL is on the shelf, you can now double click it to open it.
  • Added a “Paste” command to the shelf context menu.
  • Speed and responsiveness improvements.

Thank you to everyone who sent feedback and suggestions. Please keep it coming. The best ways to support Dropshelf development are to send me your ideas, tell you friends, and leave a review on the App Store (here!).


What do you think of this update? How could Dropshelf be better for you? I'd love to hear from you.
Please contact support@pilotmoon.com or tweet @pilotmoon.