Quick. Name the Top 5 Things Every New Mac User learns. Using the mouse or trackpad to point and click. Then perhaps drag and drop. Somewhere high on the list will be the well known copy and paste (which includes copy, cut, and paste; and the keyboard shortcuts assigned to each). Not much has changed with copy and paste in the past few decades and even Apple seems to ignore the fact that we’re in the 21st century already and it’s third party developers– not Apple’s famed engineers–who have improved on copy and paste.
Here’s a perfect example. It’s a Mac app called Paste, a name which partially suggests what it does. Paste is a Mac clipboard manager. That means whatever you copy or cut gets stored into a library so you can paste it back into a document any time– without copying it again first.
Mac users have had clipboard managers for years, but none work quite like Paste which provides a visual display of the items copied to the library– text, files, and images; for easier and faster retrieval.
Paste works in the background and simply captures whatever your copy and stores it in the clipboard library. Items in the library can be retrieved via the Menubar or a keyboard shortcut. How many items can you store in the library? Unlimited.
Well, maybe not unlimited, but as much as your Mac’s storage can handle. Got too many items in the library to view? Use the search.
Paste is a good social app, too, and lets you share a clipboard with other Mac users on AirDrop. It’s as easy to use as one of the first things Mac users learn– drag and drop. Find the item you want, drag and drop it, or multiple items, (or, paste them) into a document.
As easy as Paste is to use it doesn’t have some of the features of more expensive Mac clipboard managers, including the option to sync the clipboard library between Macs, or to sync to an app on iPhone or iPad. Check out my Search For A New Mac Clipboard Manager for other options.