How many Mac keyboard shortcuts do you know? I can remember only a handful starting with the obvious, Command-C to copy an item to the Mac’s clipboard, and Command-V to insert or paste what was copied to the clipboard.
A few others are easily remembered, too. Command-X to cut (which differs from Command-C to copy, but both get stored on the Mac’ Clipboard). Command-Q quits an open app. Command-P sends a page to the printer. Undo is Command-Z. Select All is Command-A. Then it gets a bit murky. Command-T gets a new tab is select apps. And Command-W closes tabs. Command-N usually gets you a new page or window of something, but not always because New Folder is Shift-Command-N.
That’s about all the keyboard shortcuts my puny Midwest brain can handle. Those shortcuts are the basics to making a Mac user more productive, and Mac power users know the secret to efficiency and productivity is to keep your hands on the keyboard, not mouse or trackpad. That brings me to Mac clipboard manager utilities.
If you’ve never used anything but the one-object-only built-in clipboard for the Mac, then you’re in for a treat because clever app developers have figured out how to create a clipboard library which stores or saves whatever you’ve copied or cut (Command-C or Command-X). Think about the possibilities. Now think about Paste, one of the mid-range Mac clipboard managers.
Everything you copy or cut gets stored into Paste’s extensive library; basically, a nearly unlimited history of items copied but all in one place, visually oriented so the pop up displays what’s there, and another click lets you paste any item into almost any document.
It’s that easy to create snippets of text or graphic images that get used again and again. Save them, use them when you need them again, but without having to figure out where you copied it from in the first place.
Each item stored in the clipboard manager also displays details about what it is.
Favorite items can be stored in their own easily accessible location, and there’s an option to paste in multiple items from the library at the same time. How cool is that? Paste even comes with its own keyboard shortcuts so as you’re typing you can invoke the Paste pop up window, view the items you want from the library, and insert them without leaving the Mac’s keyboard.
Now, what happens when you’ve collected a few thousand of anything? Clutter, right? I mean, it’s a library which holds everything you’ve copied or cut. Fear not, dear Mac user, because Paste lets you save favorites, and search for everything else; by content, by type, and even by application.
Paste is smart and a good Mac citizen, too. Set up rules and exceptions so Paste does not capture sensitive information you don’t want stored. Paste can rip out text formatting so a paste is just plain text. And, of course, Paste can share items with ease. I consider Paste the most improved clipboard manager app because it runs on Mac, iPhone, and now iPad. My friend and fellow Chicago native Natalia Nowak also likes Copy’em Paste, which has a few extra features for a few more dollars.