You’re typing an email, you paste in some text from a Word doc, and suddenly half your email is in the same font as the doc. Or you paste a headline into a Google doc, and it shows up in giant 48pt text. This annoying paste behavior is the default in most Windows, MacOS, and web apps. In outgoing docs and emails, it…
Mac: When updating Lifehacker’s Mac Pack for 2018, some readers noticed that I didn’t include any clipboard management apps this time around. It’s nothing personal; there were just other apps I thought were more interesting.
Mac: As much as we’d love it, Clipy is not a macOS version of Clippy, that little animated Windows paperclip that asks you how you’re doing and gives you useful life advice. It’s a must-have utility that makes your macOS clipboard ten times more powerful, if there was any way to measure that sort of thing.
Android: Some apps in Android allow you to copy text, but not all of them. The ones that do might make it harder than it needs to be. Microsoft’s new Clip Layer simplifies the task to make your research way easier.
iOS 9 has a ton of great little hidden features, and over on iDownloadBlog, they point out another one with “Paste and Search” and “Paste and Go,” two new clipboard options that make searching in Safari a little more pleasant.
Android: Copying and pasting text on Android can be a bit of a hassle. Native Clipboard helps ease the pain by allowing you to double-tap any text field to bring up a robust clipboard manager. You can quickly paste common blocks of text or manage multiple items you’ve copied.
iOS: You wouldn't really think a clipboard manager would be that helpful in iOS, but Clips is a new app that proves that thought wrong. With it, you can easily cut, copy, and access clipboard history from anywhere in iOS.
iOS 8: Widgets in the notification center are one of the coolest new features in iOS 8. Paste+ is a good example of what you can do with it: it provides shortcuts for your clipboard.
Windows/Android/iOS: To seamlessly switch gadgets, you need the files you were last working on to be available on the new device. Filelize makes this easy by automatically backing up any file you open to your Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or SkyDrive.
Android/Windows: Pushbullet is easily one of our favorite cross-platform syncing tools, and today it gets a little better. Now the service includes universal copy and paste (if you use Android and Windows, of course.)
Chrome: Sharing text, code, and other snippets with others can be tricky, particularly if you want to preserve formatting and context. Instalink is a Chrome extension that reduces this to a couple of clicks.
Android: Clipboards are notoriously difficult to deal with on mobile devices. If you need to copy text from multiples sources, forget about it. Unless you're using StuffMerge, of course.
Android: Copy Bubble is a clipboard manager with a floating icon that makes it easier than ever to copy text or images in one app on Android and paste it in another.
Windows: We've featured plenty of clipboard managers before. Where CopyQ stands out is its ability to run commands or scripts on content you copy to the clipboard based on which type of content it is.
Windows/Mac/Linux: Dropbox is pretty great for syncing files in bulk between computers and Pushbullet is pretty good for moving text and links. If you have more specific needs like moving only specific files to another computer or sharing clipboard contents, Dukto may be what you're looking for.
Android/Windows/Mac: The clipboard has always been one of the most useful features of every operating system. Mime-O makes it even better by allowing you to perform actions on selected text directly as soon as you copy it, including passing it to a text message or email app, looking up a definition, or even sending it…
iOS/Mac: Sometimes, you just need to get something from your Mac to your iOS device instantly (or vice versa). Command-C is an (awkwardly named) app that makes it so you can copy clipboard data—that includes images or text—across iOS devices or between Mac and iOS.
Web/Chrome/Firefox/iOS/Android: If you want a simple cloud-based clipboard that syncs notes across different devices, then Belt.io gets the job done without much fuss.
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.
Windows/OS X: Dropbox's latest experimental build adds the ability to share screenshots you take instantly, an iPhoto import tool for Macs that will automatically bring your iPhoto library into Dropbox, and a "move to Dropbox" menu option to help you back up your files to the cloud.