This simple app changed how I use my Mac forever

The Paste Mac app, which has its Clipboard bar open and the Paste homepage in Safari.
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Every time I sit down and use my Mac, I’m reminded that it’s packed with advanced features and clever extras. Yet there’s one place that doesn’t apply at all: the Clipboard. Copying and pasting into 2023 feels like being stuck in the past with no possibility of salvation.

At least, this Did I felt this way until I found an app called Paste. How does this great utility simplify the task of copying and pasting and make it fun? I never thought I’d say this about such a simple task, but here we are – it’s true.

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The Paste app in macOS shows a series of items copied to the Clipboard and displayed in Paste's Clipboard bar.
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Copy and pasting on the Mac is quite simple: you copy one thing, then paste it somewhere else. But this approach is very limited. You can only have one item in your Clipboard at a time, and anything copied there overwrites whatever was before it. Plus, there’s no clipboard history, so once something’s gone, it’s gone forever.

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However, Paste is far superior by almost any metric. For one thing, it makes the clipboard history more, well, sensible. You can go back and store as many things as you want in your clipboard forever. Activate its app shortcut (Cmd+Shift+V) and the Clipboard bar pops up, letting you browse your copied text, images, links, and just about anything else.

Paste a series of items into the Mac app's Clipboard bar.  An item is right-clicked, with the contextual menu appearing.
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Everything is color-coded and labeled with the app you copied it from. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, there’s a search box – or you can just start typing and the search starts immediately. It is designed so that you never lose what you have copied.

Pasting is just as enjoyable. Once something is copied, you can double-click it in the clipboard bar and it will automatically paste into your most recently used app (standard) cmd+c And cmd+v also work as usual). You can copy and paste multiple items at once, or use the command and a number to insert the item corresponding to that number (cmd+3 For example, pastes the third item in your clipboard bar).

You can also insert items in a specific order using a feature called Paste Stacks, which is activated when you copy something using cmd+shift+c, Copy whatever you use until you turn it off cmd+c gets added to the stack; Press cmd+v To paste objects in sequence.

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A pinboard in the Paste Mac app, which shows images placed in a folder.
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There’s much more on offer. Anything in your clipboard bar can be opened, previewed, renamed, or deleted. You can also tag items, which adds them to “pinboards” that work like folders to keep things organized.

Even the app’s design has been carefully considered, with clear thumbnails and icons letting you immediately know what something is and where it came from. If those thumbnails are too small or too large, you just need to drag the top of the clipboard bar to resize it to your liking.

Settings window for the Paste Mac app.
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Everything is highly customizable, with shortcuts and rules you can define in the app’s settings, plus editable clipboard history length, iCloud sync, ignore apps (like your password manager), and much more.

It’s been built with such care and attention to detail that it immediately feels like one of the best Mac apps you’ll find – and it’s not something you’d expect to hear about a simple copy-and-paste app.

It shows that much more can be done than just implemented by Apple — and that even the simplest processes can be improved with clever coding, a gorgeous design, and a little elbow grease. Is.

Ultimately, Paste doesn’t just fix the Mac’s clipboard – it does it in a way Apple would be proud of. It’s so well designed that it feels like a natural extension of macOS, and that’s something you can really only say about the best Mac apps.






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