Alright, that said, take my decidedly unscientific survey whereby I polled family, friends, and a few co-workers on their Mac habits; specifically related to clipboard manager tools. The result? Barely one in 20 of my fellow Mac cohorts uses a clipboard manager; about half didn’t even know what it was.
What does that say about how much of an impact the Mac blogging community has on the user base? Regardless, once I showed those who didn’t know what a clipboard manager could do, most asked the same question, “Why isn’t that already on a Mac?” Good question.
So, let me feature a handful of very good and affordable Mac clipboard manager utilities, including Clipboard Manager. Oh, one more thing. What is a clipboard manager? By default, the Mac’s clipboard– what you copy or cut from within an app– captures and holds one item at a time. A clipboard manager captures each item and holds it in a library of items to make finding a recopying or pasting much faster, less time consuming, and more accurate.
Clipboard Manager personifies most of the clipboard manager apps on the Mac. Everything you copy or cut gets stored for easier retrieval using keyboard shortcuts.
The shortcut reveals the library of recently captured items on the Mac’s clipboard, and any selected item can be inserted into a document. Search is built-in, too, and what I like about Clipboard Manager is the option to select and delete, or select and insert multiple items at the same time.
Password items are somewhat hidden in the library, revealing only the first three characters. Text can be pasted into a document using complete formatting or as plain old vanilla text. MacBook users will appreciate the option to paste or delete from the library by swiping on the trackpad.
I’ve written extensively about Mac clipboard managers and tried just about every one on the market. Clipboard Manager is priced about right because it has some features not found in others, but among my favorites are these:
- Copy’em Paste – this one is modestly priced and drop dead simple to setup and use, even for newbies to the Mac clipboard manager scene.
- Copied – this one has Mac, iPhone, and iPad versions and syncs clipboard items between each.
- CopyPaste Pro – this one has been around awhile and has more features than any, including an archive and favorites and bunch of utility tools.
- CloudClip Manager – if you’re on a tight budget and just prefer simple clipboard management, this is a very good way to save money and try one of these new productivity tools.
The objective of the Mac’s clipboard manager is simple. It’s an easy way to copy or cut and then paste an object or text into a document. A clipboard manager does the same thing but saves each item you cut or copy so it can be pasted later. That’s handy. It would be nice if Apple built such functionality into macOS Sierra, but then we wouldn’t have the diversity of features and functions.