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PasteBot is what the Mac’s Clipboard should be

If you need more power than the built-in macOS Clipboard offers, check out PasteBot, which requires macOS 10.14 or later — and which also has “preliminary support” for macOS Big Sur and M1 Macs. 

If you’re like me, you get irritated by constantly have to jump between applications to copy and paste things. PasteBot — available for US$12.99 at the Mac App Store — rids you of this nuisance. 

Unlike the macOS system clipboard, the utility lets you store and access an unlimited number of items (unlimited until your Mac’s drive fills up, that is). It can manage all the data formats supported by the macOS Clipboard. 

PasteBot saves everything you copy so that you can access them whenever you need them. You can save and organize frequently-used clippings into custom pasteboards and create keyboard shortcuts to access pasteboards and paste specific clippings.

Pastebot’s handy search capabilities help locate specific copied/cut items quickly. Its searches are based on content or metadata. You can search by application, date, data type and more.

You can build filters with a live preview and apply them as you paste. What’s more, you can create keyboard shortcuts to quickly paste using your filters and export your filters to share with other Pastebot users.

Another cool feature: you can paste a sequence of clippings one after another. You can build a sequence as you copy — or queue clippings in Pastebot in the order that you want to paste ‘em.

With iCloud enabled, your main clipboard, custom pasteboards and filters sync across all of your computers running Pastebot. Your clipboard and filters will be everywhere you work.

What’s more, PasteBot works with Universal Clipboard, which means you can copy a clipping on your Mac and paste it on your iPhone or iPad device. Universal Clipboard works with macOS High Sierra and later and iOS/iPadOS 11 and higher. It allows you to copy content, including text, images, photos and video from one Apple device and paste it in another. That includes copying entire files between Macs.

PasteBot works in full-screen and split-screen mode. I rarely use it in either mode, but if you do, running it in split-screen mode allows you to use the utility as a scratch pad.

You can choose from several quick paste window styles to suit your preferences, always paste in plain text, enable release-to-paste and more. You can also use PasteBot’s preferences to exclude special apps from its features. 

Review overview

Functionality10
Compatibility9.3
Price9

The Pros

  • Vastly improves copy
  • paste on macOS
  • Compatible with macOS Big Sur
  • Very flexible in usage

The Cons

  • Costs more than some (less powered) alternatives

summary

9.4The very handy PasteBot is a no-brainer to use. Just copy text, images, files or other data formats and you can access, preview and paste whenever and wherever you wish.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.