Clipboard? Yes. When you copy an item it gets stored on the Mac’s clipboard so you can paste the item somewhere else. One copied item at a time. That’s the only real issue with the Mac’s clipboard. It only has memory for what you last copied or cut. Here’s how to give the clipboard unlimited memory.
Copy, Paste, Ad Nauseam
For years I lumbered along pretty much like most Mac users. Copy this from here, paste it to there. If I needed to paste the same thing again later, that also meant copying it again later.
The way to beat that constant copy paste and the re-copy to paste routine is with a multiple clipboard manager, of which Mac users can choose from many.
Fridays are normally freebie days at Mac360, but this is the holiday season, so a little gift giving opportunity is in order. Give the gift that sits at the top of the scale. CopyPaste Pro.
That’s the one I use. That’s the one I recommend to family and friends (with the necessary training and customer support issues involved).
CopyPaste Pro is a mature app that’s been around a few years and that means it’s loaded with features that separate the average Mac user from the power user. Don’t be intimidated. All you need are the basics.
Once installed, just copy an item onto the clipboard the way you normally would. Command-C, Command-X, or from a menu within an app. CopyPaste Pro stores the item. If you copy something else, both are stored. If you copy 100 items, all are stored, easily searched and found, and easily pasted into another document without having to copy the original all over again.
One click to the Mac’s Menubar gives you access to all the items you’ve copied– text, snippets, URLs, images, photos, whatever– all stored neatly in the Clip History. Restart your Mac and all the clips are still there, still instantly accessible.
Keyboard hotkeys let you do the copying and pasting, yes, but also let you browse through the recent history. If that’s all you used CopyPaste Pro to do you’d be ahead of 99-percent of Mac users.
Wait. There’s more!
The Clip Editor lets you edit clips before pasting. The Browser lets you view the library of clips. Built-in Clip Tools let you extract specific text from the library. The Clip Archive is a good way to save and access favorite clips that you use frequently without having to search.
CopyPaste Pro just sits in the background, waiting to be used, faithfully collecting and storing whatever you’ve copied or cut, ready to paste the items wherever you want. Despite the lengthy list of power features, the basics are enough to get you started and it’s easy to setup and use.
Someone called CopyPaste Pro Time Machine for your clipboard. While it doesn’t look like Time Machine, it captures and stores pretty much anything you can copy on your Mac and makes it available any time in the future to be pasted.
Caveats? Yeah. It always seems to be this way with power utilities. Apple introduces a new version of OS X and it takes yet another version for all my third party utilities to work correctly again (especially with Mail plugins), but the latest CopyPaste Pro is doing well on Yosemite so life is good again.