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Wanted: Clipboard Feature

571 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2011 10:18 PM by Don Archibald RSS
nkh Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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Nov 22, 2011 10:50 AM

Does any "add-on" exist that will permit sending multiple "highlight & copy" transactions to the clipboard --- without erasing preceding entries?

 

I would like to be able to copy words/phrases from texts to the clipboard without each new highlight/copy process removing the preceding copy.  Each added "copy" should be preceded by a line feed

 

In effect, I'd like for the clipboard to be wiped clean only through a "paste" transaction.

 

Possible?  Or, some equally simple alternative?

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  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)
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    Nov 22, 2011 11:35 AM (in response to nkh)

    Not possible with OS X tools. Peruse the hits from a google search for multiple clipboards mac.

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  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Nov 22, 2011 12:13 PM (in response to nkh)

    I try to keep things simple, minimizing add-ons that might alter the OS.

     

    For multiple text copying, I open a TextEdit document to one side and use it as a catcher for the series of things I'm grabbing. I can drag and drop the text blocks directly from the source documents (including webpages) to the TextEdit doc; all I need to add is a return after each item is dropped into the doc.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)
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    Nov 22, 2011 12:54 PM (in response to nkh)

    Try Jumpcut. Works quite well for me.

     

    http://jumpcut.sourceforge.net/

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Nov 22, 2011 1:43 PM (in response to nkh)

    I used CopyPaste for a while, but I found it quite tedious to use. Not least the 'feature' of duplicating a clip when pasting.

    Finally gave up on it and reverted to using Scratchpad as a clip archive.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Nov 22, 2011 2:00 PM (in response to nkh)

    CopyPaste isn't the only clipboard related utility you can choose.  For example look at the similar software section on macupdate's CopyPaste download page.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Nov 22, 2011 10:18 PM (in response to nkh)

    Another alternate means is to use text clippings. Highlight the block of text in the source doc, then drag it out onto the desktop and let go. It will be copied there as a text clipping, bearing the name of the first few words in the selection grabbed.

     

    Double-click a text clipping to open it; it opens in Finder. You can then copy all of it via a simple Copy action (no selection necessary); or a portion of it by selecting the portion with the cursor and then a Copy action.

     

    Quicker use is to just drag and drop the text clipping into your target document - TextEdit doc, word processing doc, email message, etc. - and it will be copied into that target doc starting where the insertion point was left.

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