I would like to be able to copy and paste multiple items on a Mac using keys like ⌘1 would copy 1 and ⌘2 would copy 2, ect. Then ⌘! would paste 1 and ⌘@ would paste 2. If there is already a program for this please let me know or if you can make me one. Also I need it to be a free program. Thanks in advance.
I use clipmenu, it's been great, lots of customizable shortcuts -
Here's what I like about it:
- Easy keyboard combo, hit Cmd+Shift+V (or customize it) and it brings up a small sensible fully keyboard navigable menu where you can select from your recent clipboard entries.
- You can also optionally add saved snippets of text, I put my stupid auto generated Oracle password in there, win!
- And other than that, it's stable and stays out of the way, you can configure it to start automatically on startup, so you never are without it, it's a life saver
I really like Flycut. Available here: https://github.com/TermiT/Flycut
Like all of the other answers here, it's a clipboard manager which stores every item you copy using ⌘+c in a list. Then you can press ⌘+shift+v to see a list of the items you have copied and choose one to paste.
Unlike the other answers here, it's free, open source, and doesn't come with a load of other functionality. Also it is actively maintained unlike clipmenu (last release ClipMenu 1.0.0a1 released Nov 11, 2014).
Slightly different implementation, but will do what you want:
LaunchBar keeps a history of your clipboard, so you can copy multiple things using the usual keyboard combo ⌘ - C and then paste them using (for me, I may have changed from the default):
- hold down ⌘
- tap \ to view clipboard history
- tap ↓ until desired clipping is selected
- release ⌘
I've found it to be a pretty useful workflow. I do have to flush the clipboard history after dealing with passwords though. I keep it set at 10 items to limit my exposure if I forget.
Launchbar is free to try and $35 to buy.
I'm not sure how they limit the free version now, but back before I bought it they let you do five types of activities per login, so you could do the copy, paste, and clipboard history deletion freely without running into the limit
I do not use it because I've found Launchbar to be more useful, but it looks like Alfred includes clipboard history in the unlimited free version.
Based on the screenshot it looks like Alfred uses shortcuts closer to what you wanted.
I used to use clipmenu but I moved onto an updated fork with more recent support called Clipy.
It has the same shortcuts as clipmenu (⌘+Shift+V to open the list of items to paste, etc) but the interface is a bit cleaner (also easier to edit Snippets).
From what I remember CopyPastePro is pretty close to what you want. I haven't used it much since OS X was released, they were very slow with their OS X rewrite. I currently use Alfred for my clipboard needs, but that implementation isn't as close to what you describe as CopyPastePro is.
I used PTHPasteboard Pro for several years. It is probably the most powerful pasteboard utility that I used. IIRC it is probably the closest to what you describe and with some setup can be configured to work exactly as you describe.
None of these are free, but they are all reasonably priced.
I use CopyPro. https://copypro.app It saves your cut / copy history and you can paste the 10 most recent items with command, control, and/ or fn + 0-9 number keys. You can also edit and reorder the copy history easily and also to open at login by default and run in the background so you never loose any copied text you might accidentally overwrite.
As a 'generic' answer, there are lots of clipboard managers on the Mac App Store, and elsewhere, that store successive entries from the clipboard, or multiple clipboards.
Many of the existing answers have since been abandoned, and as recommendation QnAs are discouraged, I'm not going to cite specific examples!