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Yoink simplifies and improves drag and drop between windows, apps, spaces and fullscreen apps, by providing a temporary "shelf" for your files and app-content.
It frees up your mouse, enabling you to navigate more comfortably to the destination of your files.

When you start dragging files in Finder or content from an application, Yoink fades in at the edge of your screen, allowing you to drag to it.
While Yoink is holding on to your files for you, you can more easily and comfortably navigate to the destination of your files, without having to keep the mouse button clicked the entire time.

Overview of Yoink's main features:
- A "shelf" at the edge of your screen for files and app-content you'd like to move or copy, which behaves like Finder (regarding moving and copying)
- Yoink follows you everywhere - windows, spaces and (fullscreen-) apps
- Icons are created using QuickLook, allowing easy identification
- Multiple files dragged to Yoink at once are condensed into a Stack, making it easy to drag them out together
- System Services, the Quick Action and Share extensions allow storing files in Yoink without having to use drag and drop
- Handoff to transfer files between all the Macs, iPads and iPhones you're using Yoink on
- Clipboard History, which lets you store previously copied content in Yoink, or copy again
- Highly customizable - you decide where, when and if Yoink appears
- "Share" to and from Yoink

For further information and usage tips for getting the most out of Yoink, please visit its website.

Here's what customers say about Yoink:
"Essential. One of the few apps I use all the time." - Kraznoff, US App Store
"Simple, elegant, perfect. This is a fantastic app. It works flawlessly". - Benwiggy, UK App Store
"Handiest utility I ever purchased." - Nrgwise, US App Store

Here's what members of the press say about Yoink:
"Yoink is a terrific utility" - John Gruber,
"Yoink is a fantastic way to enhance drag'n'drop. Highly recommended." - Federico Viticci,
"Yoink is an awesome drag and drop utility for the Mac and is instrumental to me when working with full screen apps." - Jeff Benjamin, iDownloadBlog
"I absolutely love this little utility, it's one of the few I've come across that has had staying powers on my Macs." - James Dempsey, The Graphic Mac

Some features may require a more recent version of macOS, or the separately available Yoink app for iOS:
Handoff from Mac to Mac requires macOS El Capitan 10.11 or newer on both Macs
Handoff to/from iPad or iPhone requires separately available Yoink app for iOS
Quick Action and Continuity Camera requires macOS Mojave 10.14

If you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to write me by mail at, or on twitter at @YoinkApp or @eternalstorms.
Thank you.

What’s New

Version 3.5.16

Version 3.5.16 fixes a bug introduced in v3.5.15, where, if the Dock was positioned at the sides, Yoink would be cut off on the screen.

Version 3.5.15 implemented - apart from the bug above - the following changes:
- You're now able to temporarily "un-ignore" apps by holding down the shift- or fn key during drags
- Makes it easier to see which files are selected
- When QuickLook'ing a file, Yoink now becomes the frontmost app so you can use gestures and keyboard shortcuts right away
- Yoink now lets you turn off its once-every-six-months-if-there-was-an-update-in-between rating reminder
- Improves Yoink's Force Click behavior on macOS Big Sur and later
- Improves drag recognition from the Dock
- Improves compatibility with DEVONthink
- Improves compatibility with Notes
- Yoink's corners are now a little rounder than before
- Added a link to Yoink's Usage Tips in its Preferences, under Extensions

- Fixes a bug that prevented stacks to be Handoff'ed
- In the Rename/Move dialog, you're now able to use keyboard commands for "Select All", copy, and paste
- Fixes a bug with screenshots dragged from the macOS' screenshot floating panel
- Yoink no longer overlaps the permanently displayed menu bar or Dock
- Fixes a bug that could prevent you from closing the QuickLook panel by pressing space on your keyboard
- Fixes a bug where, after saving a PDF to Yoink by using its PDF service, it would be lost after a restart of the Mac
- Works around a bug with file promise drags that have filenames longer than 255 characters
- Fixes a bug in the Splash Screen where the header was clipped on smaller screens or resolutions
- Fixes a crash when watching for changes to files using NSProgress
- Fixes a crash in the splash screen
- Fixes a crash when closing the Handoff window

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

Anahata108 ,

Essential yet simple; a perfect utility

Yoink is so utterly simple, and it stays out of the user's way until it's needed.

But it does one thing really, really well. Yoink fully realizes the potential of drag and drop, a technology that we've had for over 35 years, and I couldn't see myself working without it. I live in full screen windows, and often applications expect users to drag and drop files without providing an interface to browse the filesystem--or the file I want to select is buried deep in the filesystem hierarchy, making navigating to it difficult. Additionally, maybe I want to cross-share something from one social app to another (like Riot to Discord).

Yoink solves all these problems exceptionally well, and does it quietly, unobtrusively. Truly masterful design that would fit in wonderfully in the core of macOS (and I truly agree with another reviewer saying it should be purchased by Apple).

paradox2222 ,

An Invaluable Tool

I use this little shelf every day. It's the place I store almost every saved file that needs to be categorized or uploaded. I'm a teacher, so I work with PDFs all the time. Snapshots of virtual whiteboards as well. I have to get them on Google Classroom but don't really need them stored on my computer. So, I drop the file into yoink, move over to Classroom, then drag and drop it to upload it. It's gone off my computer and exactly where it needs to be. Also, the ability to lock an item and drag and drop it multiple times helps with the repated comments I make on student reports. Select an often repeated comment, drag it to Yoink, lock it, then drag it onto as many reports as necessary. When I'm done, I unlock the file and delete it, no problem. Yoink really has become one of my essential apps.

ryborg 3k ,

Yoink is so good that it honestly makes me a little angry.

I've been using Yoink for several months now. At home, my main machine runs macOS. However, in the business world, our company stipulates Windows. Yoink is such a useful utility that I have searched IN ANGRY VAIN for a Windows alternative on a near-weekly basis.

Yoink streamlines my workflow. Having a drop-point for my files allows me to stay organized. I'm no longer cluttering up random corners of my system with things that are better-placed elsewhere. Yoink lets me hold them for a moment and then place them where I intend for them to go. The peace of mind is priceless.

Yoink, however, costs a few bucks but it's worth it. Support this developer. Apps like this one, simple and yet flawlessly-executed, are hard to find. This one's essential and I'm still a little angry about it.

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