Cut. Copy. Paste. Whatever we cut or copy gets saved in the Mac’s clipboard. Then we can paste whatever was cut or copied back into a document somewhere else.
The problem with the time honored cut, copy, paste routine is that it hasn’t changed much through the years. Nothing improves without change. How do you make cut, copy, and paste better?
Give it a memory.
Mac users have a dozen or so clipboard management apps, and once you’ve used one you’ll find it saves you time and aggravation (who actually saves ‘aggravation?’ other than my mother-in-law).
If you’d like to get started on managing the Mac’s clipboard then try CopyLess. Use it and you’ll copy less because CopyLess stores up to 100 items in memory which you can then search and paste again.
CopyLess is accessed from the Mac’s Menubar. As you copy items onto the Mac’s clipboard (either cut or copy), CopyLess stores the item.
The app stores just about anything you can cut or copy, including text, photos, files, and most application specific data. Getting the clipboard back to the Mac is easy, too. Drag and drop.
Considering that CopyLess is one of the least expensive clipboard managers, it has a few pro-level features, including serial paste– paste up to 10 items in the same order they were copied.
A keyboard hotkey opens the clipboard so you can grab and drop (or just click) what you’ve already copied but need to paste again. It even has a Favorites list so you can copy frequently used items.
CopyLess supports Quick Look so you can view what’s saved in the clipboard. Once you’ve used a clipboard manager tool you’ll wonder why Apple doesn’t put the same feature in OS X. After all, not much has changed with cut, copy, and paste since the last century.