A commonly used interact is clicking a button to copy a long or hard to select string to the clipboard.

Github uses a small clipboard and an entering arrow on the right.

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Gumroad uses a document and plus on the left.

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Before I just design my own, I thought I would ask if there is a standard or widely accepted icon?

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    One rule in UX (as far as there can be rules in design, of course) is that you should never use an icon without a label, because there will always be some users that don't know what it means.
    – SPavel
    Feb 14, 2017 at 22:11
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    When you copy, where does it go if not the clipboard? Feb 14, 2017 at 22:11
  • @NathanRabe good question! I don't know. I have always seen copy to clipboard as opposed to just copy. I wonder why. Feb 15, 2017 at 1:31

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Arrow pointing into a clipboard is quite common.

I've also seen a "double clipboard" icon. Two icons stacked on top of each other.

I have also seen a button with the action of "COPY" on it.

I think an important factor is that any similar action follow the same sort of design. Also perhaps a popover.

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