Copy and paste is the most basic function while dealing with text or links on a computer. And when it comes to productivity, you have to watch out for the content you’ve copied and pasted. While it is the most time-saving function, pasting wrong text or link can land you in a soup. Also, Apple’s Universal Clipboard appears to be basic at best.
Thankfully, there are plenty of third-party clipboard managers available for Mac users. However, picking the best one can be quite confusing. So we’re making that easier by shortlisting the 5 best clipboard managers for Mac.
1. Paste 2
A perfect clipboard manager that can support storing multiple items seamlessly is Paste 2. Summon it using a keyboard shortcut, and you can watch it in action to record and store everything you clip from apps or sites. When it comes to text, you can get it without any formatting and you can paste it as a plain text, without worrying about any extra line of code or values seeping in.
Apart form Text, the app offers a Pinboard that can hold multiple instances of text, images, and links. You can organize such items as per your needs. It also comes with a search bar to look for clipped items with relevant keywords. All the content that you clip and copy can also be shared with your family or friends via the share sheet or AirDrop. You can also sync your clipboard history to your iCloud account so that you can pick it wherever you left off.
Paste 2 comes with 14-day free trial and if you want to buy it, you’ll have to shell out $14.99. However, you can get it for free with $9.99 monthly subscription to SetApp.
2. CopyClip 2
CopyClip 2 is the paid and improved version of the CopyClip app, which is available for free and is riddled with ads.
This paid version wards off those ads and lets you record up to 9999 clippings. That said, you can start and stop recording clips as per a pre-defined number. You can bring up the clipboard using a global hotkey to check the ones in the history.
The clipboards let you paste the text as plain or retain the original formatting. You can pick the clips you want to delete individually or delete all of them to wipe the clipboard clean.
CopyClip 2 comes without any bells and whistles. That said, the biggest takeaway is the speed and performance of the app. So if you want to get your work done without frills, your money should be on CopyClip 2. If you want to buy CopyClip 2, it will cost you $4.99.
Copied is your no-nonsense clipboard manager app that sits on the menu bar and springs into action whenever you need it. Like the other options on this list, you can copy the clips and paste them in plain test, original format, or different formats available through templates. Other apps don’t offer those paste formatting templates. The Copied app is tightly integrated with Mac, iOS, and iPadOS. It uses iCloud sync to keep the list of saved clips between devices on those three platforms.
You can create several lists from your clippings, can drag and drop several clips together, merge and organize them. The app comes with the clipboard viewer that shows all your clips and you can apply the text formatting to all or some. One of the novel things about this app is the paste queue that you can in a particular sequence with a hot key. When you want to restrict it from copying something from select apps, you can define that. Also, you can even use scripts for that if you don’t like using hotkeys.
Copied costs $5.99 and is available from the Mac App Store.
Why settle for one app when you can get three apps in one? Unclutter clipboard manager packs a notepad and a files hub to store temporary files. Yes, Unclutter stands true to its name to keep the clipboard instantly accessible and snappy. The clipboard manager saves all the entries and lets you organize them the way you want. You can also save the entries for later and edit them anytime. Of course, you can copy anything to the clipboard like text, links, images, code, etc. Just define a hotkey and it will slide down from the menu bar.
The interface of Unclutter is very interesting for you get the File Hub to manage all the temporary files in a locker like space. Also, you can use the notepad to jot down snippets of information. Meanwhile, the files hub can stash your files that you don’t wish to see on your desktop view.
Unclutter offers 7-day free trial and then you can pay $19.99 to unlock its full potential. If you are looking for only a clipboard manager, that amount may look like a lot. However, you’re getting two other productivity apps with it. So count it as a bundle price. I’d recommend you get it from SetApp Store that costs $9.99 subscription per month.
5. Copy ‘Em
Another useful clipboard manager that lets you use customized shortcuts and the auto-favoriting for clips. One of the coolest thing about this app is that it packs a built-in screenshot tool which you can use as the quick note-taker. Of course, the pinboard can hold all kind of data ranging from text to images.
From recording your clips to managing the way you like, this app offers it all. Copy’em is a paradise for folks who love keyboard shortcuts and don’t mind using them all across macOS. While you may struggle a bit initially, but then you can make the best of its capabilities.
Copy ‘Em will set you back by $9.99.
Copy and Paste
You may have mastered Copy and Paste functions, but you will need a reliable clipboard manager to optimize your productivity. At times, saving the content you clip can be helpful in the long run. Whether they’re clippings from the web, or full document that you wish to share with others. A good clipboard manager can save your work from being lost in case things go south with an app or a site.
If you know of more deserving clipboard managers, share them in the comments below.
Last updated on 15 February, 2023
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