Cutting or copying an image or snippet of text places it on the Mac’s clipboard and it stays there until you repeat the process, overwriting what you last cut or copied. Well, fellow Mac users, there’s a better way and it starts with free.
There’s something of a growing cottage industry of utility apps which let Mac users manage the clipboard’s history. Why multiple clipboard items are not part of OS X completely escapes me.
A dozen or so clipboard history or multiple clipboard manager apps grace the Mac user’s field of view these days.
At the bottom of the stack is the free and simple CopyClip, a good place to get started using a clipboard history manager.
This one lives in the Mac’s Menubar making it accessible within any app you’re using at the time.
As you cut or copy items CopyClip simply remembers them, puts them into a list. Click the icon in the Menubar, select the item that was recently cut or copied to the clipboard, and paste it back into a document.
It’s that easy.
Preferences are nominal, too. Set the number of clipboard clippings to remember and choose a different number for clippings that are displayed in the drop down menu.
CopyClip also has an option to exclude specific Mac apps from recording clipboard items.
If you’ve never used a multiple clipboard manager or clipboard history manager, CopyClip is a good one to try. It’s simple and it’s free. You may also appreciate xClipboard which has a more graphical user interface and a nominal price tag.
For more experienced Mac users, step up to the added functions found in CopyPaste Pro or, my fav, PTHPasteboard Pro, both highly recommended and almost guaranteed to make you more productive and efficient.
Once you’ve used a multiple clipboard manager you’ll wonder why Apple doesn’t build that into OS X, and it would be especially useful in iOS.