Even on a tiny smartphone screen, cut, copy, and paste couldn’t be much easier. There’s also a way to bring the same kind of cut, copy, and paste pop up to your Mac. All you need is a Mac utility called PopClip and your Mac works just like the iPhone and iPad to cut, copy, and paste.
Mac User, Meet The iPhone Way
It might seem a bit odd that the iPhone and iPad way to cut, copy, and paste would work on the Mac, but work it does. There’s probably no reason why PopClip shouldn’t be on future versions of OS X.
How PopClip works is a bit different than on iOS devices. For the Mac, select a piece of text, or word, and PopClip appears over your selection.
The design looks to be a pixel match of the iPhone’s cut, copy, paste pop up, only bigger to match the Mac’s larger screen size.
PopClip doesn’t leave itself stuck in the cut, copy, paste routine, though. A bunch of extensions give PopClip more functionality.
For example, you can select text to send to Evernote, check spelling, search, look up definitions, and more. Here’s an example of how it looks on the Mac’s screen.
Looks familiar, right?
Those add-on extensions are free and bring additionally functionality, including Word Count, Translate, Capitalize, and dozens of others. It’ll even open up a URL automatically, or grab an email address and open a new message in Mail.
I can’t think of a valid reason why PopClip shouldn’t be standard fare on OS X, or, at least as a toggle feature. It’s instantly familiar to all iPhone and iPad users and works flawlessly (although I’ve run into a couple of extensions which would cause it to hang from time to time).