Copy and paste has been around a few decades and it’s time for something new to happen. Mac clipboard managers can save all you copy to be pasted into documents later. What else is new?
Copy In Bunches
Mac users have a bunch of built-in shortcuts that Apple doesn’t seem to want users to know about. For example, in the Finder you can move files by drag and drop.
What if you want to copy those same files– perhaps eight or 10 files– to a different location?
Holding down the Option key and doing a simple drag and drop works wonderfully and it’s free.
It’s also one of those little known ways to be productive. Even better is the Copy Assistant app.
This clever redesign of the copy and paste function gives you the option to copy multiple items from multiple locations then paste them all into one location.
Multiple copies, one destination.
There’s nothing really complicated about using Copy Assistant, either.
Simply copy– Command-C works– files from multiple locations, one after the other.
Once you’ve copied the items you can view them in the Copy Assistant list of copied items. Copy files, copy folders, copy documents, images, photos, or whatever.
Then, use the special keyboard shortcut– Control+Command+C– to paste all the items into a different location. That’s it. You’re done.
The option to edit the list of copied items is worthwhile, too, and helps prevent unnecessary pasting.
The learning curve is brief, though you may have to catch yourself from Option-key drag and drop, but Copy Assistant adds more functionality and is easier to use.