Have you ever copied text to your clipboard—but forgot to paste it before copying more text? It happens.
The good news is that there is a solution to that very annoying issue. It is called Copy Clip, and is available for free, my very favorite price, in the Mac app store.
Once you install and open the application, it will appear as one of the icons in Menu Extras. Also, when the application is first launched, it contains a checkbox with the option to open upon start-up. Placing a checkmark in this box with VO-spacebar is a great idea, for then you won’t have to even think about opening the app when you need it. It has to be open in order to appear in Menu Extras, and to be used, so how much easier can it get? With the app constantly open, you’ll have no worries about copying text over already copied text and losing potentially important, valuable information.
The first thing that you should do is go to Copy Clip preferences:
- Go to Menu Extras.
- Navigate to Copy Clip with VO-right or left arrow.
- Press VO-spacebar to open it.
- Press the down arrow until you find the Preferences ellipsis.
- Press Return to go into the Copy Clip preferences.
Now, it’s time to make sure the preferences are set the way you want them to be:
- Navigate to the tool bar and interact with it.
- Press Vo-spacebar on the General button.
- Stop interacting with the tool bar, and press VO-right arrow to the first item.
- Remember 80 cuttings – The number of cuttings is an edit field, in which you can delete the default number and fill in the number of cuttings, or items you paste to the clipboard, that you want to be saved in Copy Clip
- Display 20 cuttings – the number of cuttings is also an edit field, in which you can delete the default number of cuttings that will be displayed when you go into Copy Clip in Menu Extras, and fill in the number of cuttings you want to view
- Start Copy Clip at start-up checkbox – if you didn’t find this checkbox when you launched the app, it is here, and you can check it so Copy Clip opens when your computer starts up or wakes from sleep
- Should record clips checkbox – checked by default, and should be checked
Navigate back to the tool bar, interact with it, find the Exceptions button, and press VO-spacebar to select this category. Stop interacting with the tool bar and navigate to the beginning of this section.
- Select any applications you wish to blacklist – anything copied from a blacklisted application will not be recorded by Copy Clip
- Table of applications – each application has an unchecked checkbox next to it. When checked, that application will be labelled as blacklisted and anything you copy within that application will not be copied to Copy Clip
There is one more button in the tool bar, the About button.
- Fan Page
Press any of the buttons if you wish to visit any of those areas, but it is not necessary for using Copy Clip.
Congratulations! You’ve gotten the application all set up and ready to use. All you need now are the directions, right?
To use Copy Clip:
- Copy the desired text to the clipboard.
- Go into Menu Extras with VO-M-M.
- Navigate to Copy Clip with VO-right or left arrow, and press VO-spacebar on it.
- Press the down arrow.
The first items listed will be the phrases you have copied to the clipboard. There will be up to the amount listed in general preferences as how many you want to show. Recall that the default was 20 cuttings. If you want to copy any one of these, arrow to it and press the Return key, which will then place that phrase onto the clipboard once again, ready to paste wherever you want it. The phrase will still be in Copy Clip until you clear the cuttings.
Speaking of clearing the cuttings, next as you arrow down you will find clear. Press the Return key when you want to clear all of the saved cuttings. When you do so, the clear dialogue will not readily appear. you must press VO-F2 twice to bring up the window chooser. Arrow down to the alert from Copy Clip, and press Return. Then VO-right arrow through the dialogue, which will give you the option to press the clear button if you want to delete all of the recorded clippings. You can press cancel to abort, or the clear button, and all of the recorded clippings will be deleted from Copy Clip.
When there are no clippings, the first thing you will encounter when you open Copy Clip in Menu Extras is, “Your clippings will appear here,” and it is dimmed.
The only other selections in Copy Clip are customer support, rate app,, and quit. Press return on any of these three choices if you want to either visit customer support, rate the app, or quit Copy Clip. Note that if you quit, this will close the Copy Clip app. When you go back into Menu Extras, and press VO-spacebar on Copy Clip, there will be nothing there. You will need to reopen the app from within the applications list.
Now, you’ll never again experience the agony of copying over text on the clipboard, because it really is an awfully dreadful feeling, no?
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