In Draw.Io is there a way to copy-paste information from one drawing on one tab to another one in a different tab?

I couldn't find a way to do it.

  • Just to make it easier for people searching here; they did provide an option for cut and paste listed at the above link. > We've added experimental support for this using local storage. It can be enabled with the clipboard=storage URL parameter as follows: draw.io/?clipboard=storage
    – David King
    Oct 26, 2013 at 13:29
  • "Above" where? Please note that answers can be sorted in a number of different ways, so what might be "above" this answer for you won't be true later or for someone else. Better to link to the answer/post to which you're referring.
    – ale
    Oct 26, 2013 at 14:26
  • In David's answer about the feature request list jgraph.freshdesk.com/support/discussions/forums/107935 (the last entry shows the answer)
    – David King
    Oct 26, 2013 at 15:10
  • Frankly, it would have been better to edit this information into that answer.
    – ale
    Oct 26, 2013 at 15:11
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    Oct 26, 2013 at 15:12

4 Answers 4


Select all, copy on origin ( using keyboard ), paste using keyboard into targer. If it doesn't work, bugs go to https://github.com/jgraph/drawio/issues

  • what does this link do? I already have two tabs open. Will I be able to copy selected diagram from one tab to another?
    – RajS
    Dec 8, 2019 at 13:35

I was able to do this using the scratchpad feature on the left-side menu. In the 'source' diagram, I dragged the component I wanted to copy into the scratchpad, then I opened the 'target' diagram and dragged it out of the scratchpad.

  • Works great. Note, you may have to turn on the scratchpad in the View menu.
    – Symmetric
    Nov 1, 2020 at 15:14

As of 11 November 2020, I have found the following solution.

Software used: Diagrams.net 13.7.9

Solution Summary: Using mouse controls to select, copy, from source drawing and paste into new drawing does not function properly. However, using keyboard controls does function correctly.

Solution Steps:

  1. Use keyboard CONTROL A to select all item on source drawing,
  2. Use keyboard CONTROL C to copy all selected items from source drawing,
  3. Open target page/work area
  4. Use keyboard CONTROL V to paste the copied items into their new location.
  • Agreed: Copy and Paste with the mouse right-click->Copy does not allow paste into another document. Nor does right-click->Paste allow paste into the other document. It must all be done with the keyboard. (Ubuntu 20.04)
    – poleguy
    May 26, 2022 at 15:37

I was able to do this succesfully by importing one diagram in file A to another diafram in file B. This is how I did (as March 30th 2022):

  • Grouped all objects in file A and saved
  • Opened file B and selected File > Import and imported file A

It came as a new layer 'Background' although I already had one with the same name. Hope this helps.

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