Why You Should Get And How To Use a Mac Clipboard Manager

Perhaps the most useful third-party tool you can get for your Mac is a clipboard manager. These will let you go beyond the single copy and paste clipboard and recall items you previous copied.

Comments: 15 Responses to “Why You Should Get And How To Use a Mac Clipboard Manager”

    Phillip Pensabene
    7 months ago

    Are there any clipboard mangers that have iOS apps for iPad/iPhone which share clips between Mac and mobile devices?

    7 months ago

    Phillip: I’m not aware of which ones do this offhand, but I’m sure some do. Of course macOS/iOS will share the current clipboard item as-is.

    Caroline
    7 months ago

    Philip: CloudClip does that.

    Gene
    7 months ago

    Hi Gary! I once purchased and used a clipboard manager named “Copied.” It worked fine for a while. Then (and this may be simultaneous with my upgrading to Catalina) it began to place three copies of one copied item on its clipboard. I tried to contact the developed months ago, but he does not answer. Any explanation?

    Thanks.

    7 months ago

    Gene: Sounds like the app is broken and it isn’t a good sign that the developer didn’t respond. Maybe time to find a new clipboard manager.

    Peter
    7 months ago

    Hi Gary,

    Have you checked out Unclutter app. It does clipping and more. It would be great to get your opinion on it.

    Thanks for all the great videos!

    7 months ago

    Peter: Haven’t tried it, sorry.

    Christopher Lawrence
    7 months ago

    I just downloaded an app called “Clipy”. I would suggest trying this app, too.

    Dan Carpenter
    7 months ago

    Thank you for this great info! I have been struggling with this issue of late and while it isn’t a major issue, it certainly will save some time when multiple items I want to copy and paste-especially when commenting on blogs and videos.

    G Lud
    7 months ago

    Suggest you try CopyPaste Pro which is noted by Tidbits, and for some reason it isn’t in App Store….been using it for more than 10 years…..

    Gerry t.
    7 months ago

    Thanks Gary, a good manager is also a great aid to learning. Many of your tips and shortcuts, inc. your entire hotkey cheatsheet, end up on my manager until they’re learned. And various signatures, codes, symbols, logos, icons besides the usual run of addresses, formulae etc gathered and awaiting a more permanent home. These snippets lurk in mini-folders waiting release by my Paste ® hotkey ⌘+V. A good clipboard “history” manager and Text Replacement are a winning combo.

    Jack
    7 months ago

    I downloaded Copied to my iPad, (free with in app purchase, which expands its value, $2.99) then tried to put it on my iMac. The price was $7.99. Can’t figure out the price(s) differences.

    7 months ago

    Jack: Mac apps and iOS apps are separate things. Developers can charge what they want for each, probably with market value in mind. I’d imagine the app does a lot more on the Mac than it does on iOS.

    Juan C.
    7 months ago

    Downloaded Flycut and love the app as I don’t have to use command V…Thanks for all your great videos.

    Karen Brown
    7 months ago

    I’ve used “Collective” for several years. It’s relatively simple, but I particularly like it because I can designate a clip as a “favorite” (I only have a half dozen or so of them, but I use them over and over). Then Collective lets you clear “Only non-favorited clippings.”

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