Power up copy and paste

Paste­bot gives you mul­ti­ple clip­boards, copy/paste fil­ters, and more RE­QUIRES OS X 10.11 or later, Paste­bot trial, in­ter­net con­nec­tion you will learn How to get started with Paste­bot and use it to boost copy and paste on macOS IT WILL TAKE 10 min­utes

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Craig gran­nell

The ba­sics of copy and paste have barely changed since the Mac’s ear­li­est days. And that’s fine – af­ter all, part of the Mac’s ap­peal is its el­e­gance and sim­plic­ity. Even so, it can feel lim­it­ing to only have a sin­gle clip­board if you fre­quently use copy and paste.

It’s here that Paste­bot can prove trans­for­ma­tive, hugely im­prov­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity through mul­ti­ple paste­boards and pow­er­ful fil­ter­ing. The app costs $9.99 from the Mac App Store, but you can grab a free trial from

tap­bots.com/paste­bot for this tu­to­rial. On in­stalling the app, you’ll need to run through a quick process to in­stall a script (click Open Scripts Folder when prompted, and then Save Script).

It then pays to fa­mil­iar­ize your­self with the app’s pref­er­ences. Use the Black­list sec­tion to have Paste­bot ig­nore cer­tain apps (such as Key­chain Ac­cess or 1Pass­word, to avoid man­u­ally copied lo­gin de­tails be­ing stored in the app). The Gen­eral sec­tion houses op­tions for fine-tun­ing the max­i­mum clip­ping size and num­ber kept, iCloud sync, and how the app dis­plays.

The Short­cuts sec­tion is also vi­tal from an ef­fi­ciency stand­point, en­abling you to create global key­board short­cuts for ac­tions, such as show­ing the clip­board or fil­ters win­dows. Use­fully, you can also add a short­cut for any cus­tom paste­board you create, to quickly ac­cess it re­gard­less of the app you’re us­ing at the time.

Click ç on an in­di­vid­ual paste­board or fil­ter item in the main win­dow. You can then as­sign it a unique key­board short­cut. Ge­nius Tip

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