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CopyPaste 4.4.2

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Have you ever wished you could copy more than one item at a time and then paste them all into another document? When I'm on a copy-and-paste rampage, what really gets me mad is when I think I'm pasting in one thing, but it turns out that I had copied something else instead. Well, if you have CopyPaste 4.4.2, you won't have to put up with that kind of nonsense. It provides you with multiple clipboards (ten, to be exact), and you can copy and paste to each of them to your heart's desire.

With CopyPaste, you can sort your various text clippings and save them in sets. CopyPaste saves your clips automatically, so in the event of crashes, restarts, and other popular end-of-the-world events, you don't have to worry about losing all of your work. If you wish to clear out all of your clipboards and clip sets, you only need to click the Trash button located at the bottom of the Control window.

While copying or cutting with CopyPaste, you assign a number to your clip to keep track of it for pasting. (For example, to cut, hit command-X, plus a number from 0 to 9.) You can also drag your highlighted clip into one of the CopyPaste blanks instead of using the numbers. Pasting specific clips is just as easy because it works the same way as cutting and copying. You can paste from the Control window or paste with quick key commands if you're a whiz with the numbers.

You'll find that CopyPaste is wonderfully tiny and, like most of my favorite shareware utilities, it has a shy personality -- you can send it away and it will discreetly return at your beck and call.

While you may grow to think of it as an application, it really is a utility, so the menu bar does not apply to it. You will also find that its Word and Paragraph Count is a little off. It will be in the ballpark, but it won't match up to the count in Microsoft Word.

While CopyPaste makes a hearty effort to help you organize your clips, it does get a bit buggy as you get deep into the utility. Sometimes, the Clip Set window won't stay open after you move your mouse away. (Indeed, sometimes the program seems a bit too shy.)

Still, CopyPaste is one great helping hand, and you'll probably find that it's worth your while. If you spend too much time struggling with the limitations of some of its fancier features, you might miss out on what CopyPaste 4.4.2 has to offer.

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