The Mac is barely a year short of 30 years old, and one of Apple’s early and most used options has yet to be improved to match our needs and abilities in the 21st century. That’s Apple for you. Look how long it took Apple to develop a decent two-button mouse. What else is Apple neglecting?
Cut, Copy, Paste, Repeat.
Somewhere around 10 years ago I ran into a problem with the Mac’s clipboard. In an instant I had a viable solution that Apple should have installed years ago but didn’t.
Unfortunately for my bank account, my solution had already been developed by others. Instead of a clipboard that copies and stores one item at a time, how about one that stores everything you copy or cut?
That’s called a clipboard manager is 21st century terms. Yes, a clipboard app that remembers what you copied or cut so you can paste it back again, faster, easier.
Why doesn’t OS X have a clipboard manager?
Fortunately for Mac users, there are a number of clipboard manager apps on the market, and most do the same thing– store for retrieval whatever you copy or cut.
If you’re on a budget and have never used a clipboard manager, Paste Master is a good choice. No. A very good choice. It uses a simple grid format so you can find what you’ve copied or cut, and paste it again any time you need it.
That means you can copy almost anything and Paste Master saves it so it can be pasted back into a document later (which relieves you of the annoying ‘go back, find item, copy again’ routine).
As you use Paste Master you’ll have a growing collection of copied or cut items, but everything is visible and searchable. Text clipboard items can be edited. And, you can create and maintain multiple sets of clipboards, all accessible with a click to the Menubar (99 clipboards per set).
Don’t think of Paste Master as a simple clipboard manager, though. It’s smart enough to know to paste 10-digit phone numbers into three separate fields (area code, prefix, number). It can even fill in forms.
Configuration options are extensive, so even though it gets up and running immediately, Paste Master is loaded with additional features.
Paste Master works as a Preference Pane in System Preferences but everything you need after setting it up can be handled with a click to the Menubar or keyboard shortcuts.