A Set Of iOS Shortcuts To Manage Text Clips

Sometimes you need a series of shortcuts to accomplish a task, not just one. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create three small shortcuts to save and recall text clippings. The first two allow you to save the clipboard or the selection to a file in a folder. The third shortcut lets you recall one of those clips so you can paste it into a document, email, note or just about anything.



Links to images of the Shortcuts, to help you recreate them:
Save Clipboard To Clips
Save Selection To Clips
Get Clip

Comments: 11 Responses to “A Set Of iOS Shortcuts To Manage Text Clips”

    Blowback B.
    7 months ago

    Must be some missing instructions; simply had a hard time getting the first part to work and can’t access in the second part (third box) getting ‘Ask for Input’ after ‘Clips. Magic Variable doesn’t show. Will keep trying and thanks for the Video but ‘Shortcuts’ still seems harder to use than it should be to use. Apple should put out a ‘simple/ comprehensive ‘ PDF/Video on using it. Have found some online but most seem to think that one already is adept at programming. Thanks ……

    Max
    7 months ago

    The first ran once and won’t again. The second and third fail to run at all with the error “the file Clips couldn’t be opened because there is no such file”. All 3 shortcuts are exactly as you present them.

    Any ideas?

    7 months ago

    Max: Do you have a Clips folder in iCloud Drive? Does it contain the file created by the first shortcut?

    Dave Ream
    7 months ago

    Gary, this procedures seems more complicated, and less useful, than using CloudClip Manager (available in the App store, supplied by Thinkbitz Software Studio). I have had this on my Macbooks for years, and probably it was you who told me about it!

    7 months ago

    Dave: Yes, but for those that want to learn how to use Shortcuts, this is useful even if you have some other method.

    Rick Torchia
    7 months ago

    Cannot find “Save Clipboard to Clips” action in the Shortcuts Gallery.

    7 months ago

    Rick: That is the name of the Shortcut we are creating in the tutorial. It isn’t there until you create it.

    Robert
    7 months ago

    Hi Gary, this looks very useful, apart from I can’t get it to work. I followed your instructions for the first one but when I go to save I get this error: The file doesn’t exist. The file Clips.rtf doesn’t exist.
    I’m not sure where I have gone wrong.

    Thank you, Robert

    7 months ago

    Robert: Are you using the same thing I am for the Destination Path? Should be /Shortcuts/Clips/(Ask for Input) with that last part selected as a Magic Variable like I show. I added large images you can view just below the video above, so you can see the shortcuts more clearly.

    Max
    6 months ago

    Gary: thanks for the reply. Yes, I have a Clips folder and it contains the first created item but no successive “saves”. Any ideas?

    6 months ago

    Max: Sorry, no idea what could be wrong. Just check and re-check the Shortcut. Maybe start it from scratch.

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