There’s a better way. Nothing improves without change. Mac folk user a common function every day that dates back to the last century. No, not point and click, but this has been around as long on the Mac.
The clipboard. When you copy something on the Mac– no matter what it is; text, photo, etc.– it gets stored in what is called the Mac’s clipboard. It’s likely you’ve used the clipboard to copy and store items half a gazillion times already. But it’s a one item at a time proposition and there is a better way.
Think of the clipboard library this way. It’s one shelf with one item. Copy something on the Mac and it gets stored on the shelf. Copy something else and what you just copied is deleted and replaced by the more recent copy.
A clipboard manager copies what you copy and stores it into a retrievable library of items you’ve copied. If you’ve never used a clipboard manager on your Mac, then start with a good one that is priced right, drop dead simple to use, and easy on the eyes.
It’s called CopyLess. It’s a library of everything you’ve recently copied, and each item can be retrieved with a click or two.
There’s much to like here. Not only can CopyLess copy and store items to be pasted back somewhere else at a later time, you can also save favorites that get used frequently. Think of how much time that can save.
The recent clipboard history can store 1,000 items but the favorites can store an unlimited number of clips (limited by your Mac’s storage and iCloud, of course; so, not quite unlimited but close enough). If you have multiple Macs, you can sync the clipboard clips with iCloud. CopyLess also lets you search through the most recent 1,000 items plus the favorites.
Writers especially will appreciate some of CopyLess’ best features and functions.
From the developer:
Text and image editing, programming, customer support, network administrator – we all constantly copying and pasting things around. Sometimes we have to search for command-line tool arguments on the internet and do it again and again – they are just too complicated to remember. So why not let CopyLess remember it for us?
CopyLess has an option to use what is called the CopyLess Helper so you can paste an item from the library with nothing but a double-click. Plus, you control the shorts for the 10 most recent items and 10 favorite items.
CopyLess is free to try on the Mac App Store, and more functionality is available for a modest price tag. If you like CopyLess there is a good chance you will love Copied, which also syncs a clipboard library between Mac, iPhone, and iPad.