Even on a tiny smartphone screen, cut, copy, and paste couldn’t be much easier. What about the Mac? Copy and paste is time honored, but there’s also a way to bring the same kind of cut, copy, and paste popup window 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.
Better Than iPhone
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 macOS. How PopClip works is a bit different than on iOS devices. For the Mac, select a piece of text or word with mouse or trackpad, and PopClip appears over your selection as an iPhone-like popup.
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, and with a whole bunch of functionality you won’t find on an iPhone or iPad. PopClip doesn’t leave itself stuck in the cut, copy, paste routine, though. A growing number of extensions give PopClip more functionality.
For example, you can select text to send to other apps, 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 additional functionality, including options like 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 macOS Sierra, or, at least as a toggle feature. It’s instantly familiar to the millions of iPhone and iPad users who switched to the Mac, and works flawlessly on most– but not quite all– Mac apps. PopClip isn’t expensive and the developer has a try-before-you-buy version to check it out.