FlyCut: Multiple Clipboards for the Rest of Us

One of my biggest beefs with Mac OS X is its clipboard it can only store one copied (or cut) item in memory.

But what happens when you want to keep multiple items in your clipboard?

That’s when you download FlyCut – a free and intuitive clipboard application for Mac OS X.

Read on to find out if FlyCut is for you.

What is FlyCut?

Simply put, every time you copy or cut text, FlyCut stores your “clipping” in a temporary stack for later retrieval.

FlyCut lives in your menu bar. You can access your recent “clippings” there, or you can trigger your clipping list via a global keyboard shortcut (Command-Shift-V).

Below is a screenshot of the FlyCut menu.

FlyCut for Mac

…and here’s a screenshot of the FlyCut Heads-Up-Display (HUD) when invoked via Command-Shift-V.

FlyCut for Mac

FlyCut’s preferences are divided into three sections. The General section lets you control the look and feel of the HUD. You can also choose the number of “clippings” you want FlyCut to store, as well as fine-tune the number of “clippings” you want to have visible within FlyCut’s menubar interface.

FlyCut for Mac

My favorite part is the Dropbox sync feature. If you have FlyCut on more than one Mac, you can share the same clipboard. Try doing that with the standard Mac clipboard!

FlyCut for Mac

The HotKeys section of FlyCut lets you customize its global keyboard shortcut. I’m perfectly happy using its default configuration.

FlyCut for Mac

The last pane controls the bezel’s appearance. You can toggle the HUD’s transparency, width and height to your liking. If you prefer an animated look when FlyCut is invoked, you can enable that option. (I prefer the non-animated appearance, personally.)

FlyCut for Mac

How it Works

You copy text just like you normally would (Command-C). Everytime you copy or cut text it’s stored in FlyCut’s stack. To paste an item from FlyCut, start off by placing the cursor where you want your text to appear.

Next, access the stack by way of the menu bard or Shift-Command-V. When you use the keyboard shortcut, a HUD bezel appears. Use your arrow keys to cycle between the stack items. Hit “return” to select the stack item you want and it will automatically paste itself where your cursor is located.

That’s it!

Why I Like It

If you rely on copy / paste as much as I do, FlyCut is an indispensable utility to have in your arsenal. It’s free, it’s fast, and it blows away the standard Mac clipboard in every way. FlyCut is particularly useful because you can share the same memory stack between multiple machines (as long as you have DropBox).

FlyCut is available from the Mac App Store. It’s a must-have utility for your Mac. Give it a whirl!

FlyCut earns 5 out of 5 Bob Weiners.


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  • Forgetful Orange
    July 30, 2013 at 6:55 am

    The only problem is, at the moment, I can’t figure out a way to “not paste something” once I’ve invoked the app using Shift-Opt-V. Which means, I’m forced to choose something. If the app I’m using doesn’t have Undo, tough luck. What strange functionality? And I checked every option to find a way to turn it off

    • Krishna M. Sadasivam
      July 30, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Couldn’t you assign a new keyboard shortcut for FlyCut? That might be the best workaround…

      • Forgetful Orange
        July 30, 2013 at 7:16 am

        Shift-Opt-V is fine. The problem is, once I’ve pressed this… and the Hud shows, there’s no way to “Cancel”… You’re forced to paste one of the available clips.

        • Tony Kalashnikoff
          October 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm

          You can press escape, it seems to work.
          Another issue though that i can’t find a solution to is “command+shif+v” scrolls forward and there is no way to scroll back. So e.g. if you reached 12 clip you can’t go back to 11, and i show only 10 in the menu so I can’t view most clipping if I scrolled them already :(