For something so essential to everyday computing, the clipboard tool is actually pretty limited. After all these years, it can still only handle one thing at a time. Copy or cut something new, and the previous contents of the clipboard are lost. Fortunately, there are both Windows and Mac tools available that will let you upgrade your clipboard experience.
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Windows: In the world of clipboard managers, there's no shortage of options. Clipjump makes a strong argument with multiple channels you can swap between of clipboard history.
When PopClip was first released for the Mac, it was a mostly cosmetic facelift to how copy and paste works. However, a recent update added support for extensions, and now it serves as a great addition to your workflow. Here's how to use it.
I'm so used to Control-C for copy, Control-X for cut and Control-V for paste that it never occurred to me that other options (such as the Edit menu or right-clicking) don't always work in web-based applications like Google Docs. Google Operating System points out this flaw, which is almost unavoidable because of browser security requirements.
Mac: We've mentioned before how Ctrl+Shift+V in Windows can strip the formatting from text and paste it in almost any application, but if you have a Mac, FormatMatch is the menubar utility for you.
There may not be a pure keyboard shortcut to do it (actually, there is -- Oz ed), but Mac OS X does allow copying and pasting of files—by using the mouse and the Option key. Normally, the default system behaviour would just move a file that's dragged by the mouse, but doing this will cause it to make a copy of the file, just as though you had used the copy/paste functions in an app.
One of the nicer but relatively unknown features of Mac OS X is its ability to create text clippings. Text clippings are basically selections of text that have been saved for later, and can be dropped into another document (or even a form box in a browser) at any time. It's a bit like the layby version of Copy and Paste, and all you have to do to create one is drag some highlighted text to the desktop.