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Paste Master is a clipboard manager controlled by a preference pane that allows you to save multiple items that you have placed in the clipboard and be able to paste them again later.

Paste Master allows you to display up to 99 items in a compact manner, making it easy to quickly find which one you want to paste again. Paste Master recognizes certain types of text much like Apple's Data Detectors, and allows you to paste them in special ways. This feature is very useful when dealing with Web or database forms that force you to type things like phone numbers or social security numbers in separate fields, or force you to more...

What's New

Version 9.0:
  • Added to ability to create multiple clipboards from multi-item (multi-line or separated by tabs) clipboards for easier pasting or dragging.


  • OS X 10.5 or later
  • Your keyboard shortcut for paste must be ⌘V

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I've tried a lot of clipboard managers on the Mac and this is the best one for my workflow. The thing I love about it is that it isn't just limited to text, it can strip formatting by default, it can work with text fields, and split more...

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Version 8.3
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Besidec Member IconReview+0

This is an excellent little app. Saves time when filling forms and pasting stuff in general. Lots of deep level functions for fanatics. All for $8 - incredible value!!

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Version 8.4
Philosopherdog Member IconReview+99

I've tried a lot of clipboard managers on the Mac and this is the best one for my workflow. The thing I love about it is that it isn't just limited to text, it can strip formatting by default, it can work with text fields, and split numbers and phrases. But the most important feature it has is the FIFO stack pasting. So you can just copy a bunch of stuff and then paste the whole list of items. Heck you can even append clips, and add a return after each clip and then paste the whole lot. Incredibly powerful app. PTHpasteboard looks nice too, but I find the one inch columns a bit much, and it doesn't really handle append and FIFO pasting from my little experiments with it. Anyhow, Paste Master really deserves more attention. It's not flashy; indeed, it looks a bit homely, but it's wickedly powerful. For $8! Deal fo the century. I like clipmenu too, but no search, and no real control if you want to paste a whole bunch of stuff in an order.

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Version 8.3
Profp Member IconReview+12

This app is very functional - it does what it needs to do very efficiently and effectively, without all of the visual garbage that so many other pasteboard apps employ.

It seems to me that the developer of this app is one of the good guys. I had a minor problem, sent him an email, and within a day, he sent me an updated version that fixed the problem. He is the kind of developer that I am happy to support.

If you need a very functional and reliable pasteboard app, this is the one to buy.

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Version 7.71
Mr. Dreck Drivel Member IconComment+3
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Wow. John Woodward, the developer, is AMAZINGLY responsive to concerns and questions. I adopted this tool the day it was released on MU, and have loved it. I had several questions and issues over the years. Every single issue I inquired about got a personal response from John, and if something was needed, he was on it like a shot.

I just had a glitch with update 7.7. E-mailed him, and the solution was there within minutes.

Even if this app didn't work so darn well, it would deserve 5 stars just on developer involvement!

Also, John is always improving this. I just no longer look for alternatives!

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Version 7.7
Jokyo Member IconReview+54

I have been using this for about a year now an it is a really useful and easy to use tool. Most people will feel comfortable with it from the start using it in a very basic way but Paste Master is really sophisticated and can do so much more when you look beneath the surface.

It is true that it is not a piece of eye candy like the many other apps purporting to do this job but it does work well.

I had some stability issues with previous versions but I am happy to say that 7.6 is running full time on my machine ready for action and no problems at all.

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Version 7.6
WordWeaver Member IconReview+161

If you do a lot of work with text and typing which involves a lot of copy and paste, Paste Master is an invaluable tool which will meet most -- if not all -- of your needs. I have been using it for quite a while now, and I have never been disappointed. It has saved me a lot of work and time.

Developer: Please note that installing version 6.8 on an old G4 500 MHz DP Mini-Tower running Tiger 10.4.11 crashes the System Preferences app during the installation process. I attempted to install 6.8 about half a dozen times and System Preferences crashed every time.

Solution: Reinstalling version 6.7 on the aforementioned machine immediately resolved the problem.

Just thought you'd like to know in case you are still interested in backwards compatibility as far back as Tiger.

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Version 6.8
Memphisbird Member IconReview+62

A clipboard utility is a very personal tool that needs to fit seamlessly into your daily workflow. After my last clipboard app went by the wayside due to lack of development, I started a time consuming and often disappointing search for a new clipboard app. I even bought a couple of them, thinking each time, “This is the one.” It wasn’t.

I have been using Paste Master now for a couple of months and for my needs, it comes damned close to being perfect. There are so many useful ways to paste things, e.g., phone numbers and serial numbers that are divided into form fields, so you can’t normally paste the whole thing, pasting in an address — a thing of beauty.

The developer is very responsive to feature requests. If you ask for something, he might ask you how you would use it or what you want the end result to be, and if it’s good, he’s right on it. I like to keep my clipboard open most of the time, in a narrow column down the right side of my 27 inch monitor. I can do that with Paste Master and it’s out of the way. When it’s in the way, a quick shortcut hides it.

This latest update has added support for URL shortening. Now, it’s right there in this utility that I use every day, all day. Every update shaves a little more time off my workflow.

Paste Master is a really good app that is constantly being improved upon. It is more than worth its minuscule $8 price tag. I wish I had the money back that I’d paid for the other clipboard apps I’ve bought. I’d give it to this developer.

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Version 6.5
Mlbkxbx Member IconComment+143

The main window may not look very hot, but it's very functional, and it's not like you have it visible all the time, like a "real" desktop app. It's highly configurable, and there's a pretty thorough PDF in the zip file explaining how to use it. I recommend Paste Master highly, if you can stand (or be without) the less than pretty menubar icon :)
You may run Paste Master it without the menubar icon visible, which i do, because it doesn't blend well with the rest of the icons in the menubar. Also, it takes up too little horizontal space (width) which makes it looks like it's squeezed in there, and it doesn't highlight when i click it, like the rest of my menubar icons do.

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Version 4.1
Hey Billy!!! Member IconComment+26
Hey Billy!!!

I have tried lots of clipboard managers, but ClipMenu (free) is the one I stick with. It can't sync automatically, but if I need to I can export from one computer and import into the other very easily.

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Version 3.3

Your comment doesn't add anything to this thread.

Maybe you should have gushed about it here http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/29988

Gbbob Member IconComment+65

I am not one to pop anyone's bubble but, CopyPaste X has to be the best muticlipboard utility around. It has been around since at least OS 9 and has only improved over the years. They added Bean to it a fully loaded Word Processor that ties into CopyPaste. You can use Bean to design things that you type over and over again and then transfer it to CopyPaste. If you double click on an item on the clipboard because it needs modification, that will launch Bean and bring up what you double clicked on for modification. It also has a history clipboard that keeps track of anything you copy if while you are working you can go back to it and paste it in again. CopyPaste X was the original and nothing has ever kept up with it since it had a 12 year start on everything else. End of Line...

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Version 3.2
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Downloads 13,716
Version Downloads 266
Type Utilities / System
License Demo
Date 07 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price $8.00
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