The macOS and iOS clipboard– that place in the space time continuum where all things are copied and stored– is momentary. As soon as you copy or cut something else the last one you copied or cut disappears into the ether forever. Unless you have an app like Paste for Mac and iOS.
Paste Me, Baby!
The Mac has a dozen or so clipboard manager apps available from nearly free to crazy expensive. In between is Paste which grabs what you copied or cut and stores it so you can find it and paste it again later. On Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Even better, Paste displays what you saved in the history so it can be retrieved and pasted with ease on each device.
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Paste has an unlimited history ability (probably limited by your Mac’s memory and storage, though) and can be searched by type of content, by app where the content was copied from, and even within the content itself (text, for example).
What’s really handy about Paste is the option to sync all items copy or cut to iCloud so it can be shared with other devices; other Macs, or iPhone and iPad. Take a look at all the types of information that can be copied or cut, saved, synced, and used again on the pinboard.
The pinboard is where you can organize, view, and retrieve frequently used items you’ve copied and stored in the clipboard history. The visual display makes it easy to find just what you want, but there is an option to configure custom shortcuts for items you use more often.
That’s the easy peasy part and it brings capabilities that every Mac, iPhone, and iPad user needs because Apple’s built-in clipboard manager is limited to one item at a time.
Paste has some hefty power user options, too. Quick Look lets you preview what you copied. Text can be pasted as formatted or plain text. Clipboards can be shared with others or even AirDropped to other devices. Multiple items can be copied, cut, and then pasted again.
You don’t want to store passwords or sensitive information in iCloud, and Paste has specific rules and exceptions for those. Not bad, right? I can’t think of a more valuable way to improve your workflow than a clipboard manager and Paste is one of those you’ll like. The Mac version has a free try-before-you-buy option and the iOS version has a nominal price tag.