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

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 (62,205 points)

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

  • nkh Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Followed your suggestion to Google.


    It looks like CopyPaste Pro should do the job!



  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,285 points)

    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.

  • nkh Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Yeah... Just tried this.


    It works quite well.  There are 2 slight quibbles: (1) I don't like the idea of dedicating a portion of the screen just to TextEdit and (2) having to strike "return" after each entry is also a bit cumbersome.


    However, I'll try this approach for a few days.


    Thanks for the tip!

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,775 points)

    Try Jumpcut. Works quite well for me.



  • nkh Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Went there... found scant information that'd assure me this is what I'm looking for.


    It may, or may not.


    So far, it seems CopyPaste Pro is the better solution (for me!).



  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    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 (14,215 points)

    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 (101,285 points)

    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.