Question

What is the best tool for managing the clipboard on your local computer?

Every day I'm going between a bunch of open windows on my computer and trying to copy/paste something from one app to another. Too often I'll need to copy multiple things, which is impossible of course, and this leads to the hacky solution of pasting the first thing, copying the second thing, etc. It's a hassle.

Are there any good clipboard managers out there that can store the last X amount of things you've copied? This would make it trivial to re-copy them to the clipboard again when needed.

Can be either Windows or Mac and bonus points if it can handle images as well!

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awwstn's avatar
2 years ago

I've been using Paste for about a year and really like it. For the use-case you're describing, they have keyboard shortcuts that easily let you paste from your last several clipboards. They also store your clipboard in perpetuity, which has come in handy for me before.

5 points
just2jays's avatar
@just2jays (replying to @awwstn )
2 years ago

Really not a bad price point when you take into account the clipboard in perpetuity thing. That's pretty cool. Def. will give the free trial a shot.

3 points
cmlewis89's avatar
2 years ago

Flycut is great, open source too:
https://github.com/TermiT/Flycut

4 points
just2jays's avatar
@just2jays (replying to @cmlewis89 )
2 years ago

Boom, thanks @cmlewis89! Never heard of this one before and always lookin for an open option...going to give this a try asap.

3 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @cmlewis89 )
2 years ago

Using CMD+Shift+V to access the clipboard history is super clever, and somehow seeing that just made me realize I've never set a keyboard shortcut for viewing clipboard history in Alfred.

I'm already using CMD+Shift+V in Alfred to Paste text without formatting so going to try CMD+Alt+V for clipboard history search (instead of opening Alfred every time and typing clip to get the clipboard history). Thanks for sharing, pretty sure that's going to save a few seconds every time I need to paste older stuff.

1 point
rafa_atlantica's avatar
2 years ago

Clipy (https://github.com/Clipy/Clipy) is super awesome for macOS!

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @rafa_atlantica )
2 years ago

That looks nice—and a great name, though needs a paperclip icon :D

What's your favorite feature in Clipy?

1 point
rafa_atlantica's avatar
@rafa_atlantica (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

The app itself is quite simple, I just love how its super easy to install and configure

2 points
maguay's avatar
2 years ago

I use the clipboard manager that's built into macOS search tool Alfred, and it's great. Basically just copy and paste as normal, then when you need something you copied previously, press your shortcut to open Alfred, type cli and press enter, then you can search through everything you've copied. Works with images and rich text, too. That along with its text expanding tools makes it an essential part of my typing workflow.

Copied is another clipboard manager I've used for macOS and iOS; it syncs everything you copy to your phone, too. And Ditto is a quick-and-easy clipboard manager for Windows that lives in your system tray.

2 points
just2jays's avatar
@just2jays (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Nice! Little things like this, code snippets, etc. that I keep reading about inch me closer and closer to the Alfred PowerPack every day.

2 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @just2jays )
2 years ago

It's worth it IMO—even though I don't use Alfred workflows anywhere as much as I should, the built in power features are indispensable.

1 point
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