There are some features in Mac OS X that Mac users just don’t think about. Copy and paste. Or, cut and paste.
When you copy or cut, whatever you copied or cut gets placed in the Mac OS X clipboard until you decide what to do with it. The options are to do nothing, or to paste what you copied, or to cut or copy something else which then destroys whatever was sitting in your clipboard. Is there a better way?
Cut, Copy, And Save
The cut, copy, paste routine has been around since the late 20th century with no changes to what we consider basic computer functions, Mac or Windows.
Whatever you cut or copy goes away as soon as you cut or copy again.
Would it not be handy to have a Mac utility which allow cut or copy but remembered what you cut or copied so you could retrieve it without having to find it again? Or, without having to panic because what was lost could not be found?
Of course it would. Fortunately, Mac users have a number of clipboard managers which do exactly that. Cut or copy and save for later retrieval. One of the least expensive, simplest, and most basic of the clipboard managers is myClippings.
myClippings resides in your Mac’s Menubar. Whatever you copy or cut gets saved. To get back whatever items you’ve saved simply click the Menubar icon (or use the global hotkey).
Save as many copied items as you want, save them in groups, drag and drop to organize. Everything is autosaved while you work. What you cut or copied is saved in chronological order but can be sorted, searched, and saved in specific groups for easier retrieval.
myClippings is simple. It saves text and links and makes them easy to retrieve. Find the item myClippings saved, click the Insert button to paste it back into your document.
Therein lies the only real issue you’re likely to have with myClippings.
It clips text. Links are text. Paragraphs are text. A page of text is text. But as far as I can see myClippings does not save graphics—no photos, no images, no whole documents. Just text.
Other Mac clipboard managers copy and save nearly everything. They’re also more complex to use and manage, and are more expensive. If simple is what you need then myClippings is worth a look.