One way that Mac power users get more done in less time is with a clipboard manager app. When you cut or copy an item on a Mac it gets stored on the clipboard, only to disappear when you cut or copy something else. Here’s a good entry-level clipboard manager.
Cut, Copy, Save
Frankly, I don’t know why Apple doesn’t build in an elegant multiple clipboard manager function. As it is, the Mac’s clipboard does much what it did in the last century.
One item copied is discarded when another item is copied. If you want to re-paste a previously copied item you’re forced to copy it again. That’s madness.
A clipboard manager, like the inexpensive Clipboard Center app, lets you copy and save items, then paste anything back into your document later.
Nearly any item you can copy or cut on a Mac gets saved by Clipboard Center. Text, code snippets, images, photos, files, whatever. Look through the list of copied items and click to paste it back into your document or app.
Clipboard Center’s list can be organized like a library so it’s easy to find copied items to paste again. Park the app’s window in a corner of the screen for easy access. If you want, items can be dragged and dropped into Clipboard Center.
Clipboard Center lets you setup blacklists so some apps will ignore the copy and save setting. Everything that gets copied gets saved, including images, and text formatting, and every item is viewable in the preview window.
CopyPaste Pro and PTHPasteboard, both Mac360 favorites, do much more, but also have heftier price tags. If you’ve never used a clipboard manager, Clipboard Center is a good way to learn what you can do beyond copy and paste.