I am looking for: There are many hot words which I often need to type while using my Apple MacBook Pro/Snow Leopard like say my desktop machine name, some other host names etc. Now, right now, I copy this and paste it wherever I need, but I would like these hot words to be all the time copied and be available like if I use a shortcut key + d, this should paste desktop machine name etc..

I don't know, if such a thing exists, but looks like a commonly needed requirement and nice to have thing.

Any ideas? Can I install any 3rd party clipboard software etc?

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You have two main options for a situation like this.

There are clipboard managers that would help you. They generally don't allow multiple things in the clipboard at the same time, but they do allow you to easily paste anything that has been copied recently. So, you could copy everything you need (individually) and then select what you want and paste it.

ClipMenu is a typical clipboard manager.

The other option is a text expansion utility, which I think would suit your needs better. These are tools that let you type something short and automatically change it to something longer. For example, you could type dd and it would change it to the desktop machine name.

My favorite text expansion utility is TextExpander.

  • +1 for TextExpander. That's solving the specific problem IMO.
    – Ian C.
    Nov 27, 2011 at 17:36

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