I want to be able to do the following:

  1. Select text (e.g., example text one)
  2. Hit Ctrl+Shift+1
  3. Select text 2 (e.g., example text two)
  4. Hit Ctrl+Shift+2
  5. Hit Ctrl+1 and paste example text one
  6. Hit Ctrl+2 and paste example text two

I've been through a number of clipboard managers trying to find this functionality:

  1. Maccy
  2. Paste
  3. CopyClip
  4. FlyCut
  5. CopyPro
  6. Raycast
  7. LaunchBar
  8. ClipMenu

Some of the options above will let me paste with Cmd+1 (etc.), but none of them will let me copy into slot #1 with a numerical hotkey.

I already have a use for Cmd+, so I would really like Ctrl-based hotkeys.

Back in the day on Windows, I used AutoHotkey to write code to do this. It was pretty easy.

Other points:

  1. I only need slots 0-9 available.
  2. I'm only looking for plaintext copy/paste.
  3. I don't need a UI.
  4. I don't want to have to pay a subscription fee, although a one-time payment would be acceptable.
  5. If you suggest a general purpose tool like Keyboard Maestro or Alfred, please specify how to create the specific functionality I am asking for.
  • Does it have to be those specific key shortcuts? That seems to be the limitation. Most of the clipboard apps I've seen use standard Copy, and then Command + number to select which entry you want to use.
    – benwiggy
    Commented Jul 14, 2023 at 8:25
  • The issue with having the program choose the hotkey is I have to remember the implied index of everything I've copied because every new copy shifts every old copy down by one. So, I can't really achieve muscle memory with the existing programs. In addition, I use command+number for activating windows (e.g., Cmd+3 is my IDE, Cmd+4 is my terminal, etc.) Those are static, so I have muscle memory to bring up my 10 most common programs. Commented Jul 14, 2023 at 13:43

1 Answer 1


This can be done with Keyboard Maestro.

Macro 1

  • Hot Key trigger: Ctrl+Shift+1
  • Action: Copy to Named Clipboard 4 "clip1"

Macro 2

  • Hot Key trigger: Ctrl+Shift+2
  • Action: Copy to Named Clipboard 4 "Copy 2"

Macro 3

  • Hot Key trigger: Ctrl+1
  • Action: Paste from Named Clipboard "Copy 1"

Macro 4

  • Hot Key trigger: Ctrl+2
  • Action: Paste from Named Clipboard "Copy 2"

You can duplicate macros and simply update a few parameters to get all numbers 1-9 working.

I validated this with a trial and then bought the program.


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