CopyClip 2 - User Guide

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2017 09:11AM IST

CopyClip 2 is the slickest and most streamlined text-based clipboard manager for your Mac. It is built for power users who want a lightning fast clipboard manager that stays out of their way.

Running discreetly from your menu bar, CopyClip 2 stores all that you have copied or cut in the past, allowing you to quickly find that snippet of text you've been looking for.

First Launch & Using the App:

The app functions as a menubar app. This means that as soon as you download the app and launch it, it will appear in the top menubar on your Mac’s screen as a small clipboard icon.

Upon the first launch, you will notice that you are presented with a black screen stating ‘No Clips’ with a ‘Search’ bar on top. To copy text to add it to the app, simply select and highlight the desired body of text and hit right-click Copy or hit Cmd + C on your keyboard.

If you have the app running in the background, then simply copying text will automatically make it appear in CopyClip’s list of clippings. 

As you continue to copy text over time, the list of clippings will grow and can spread to multiple, easy to navigate pages within the app. To use a clipping, simply open the app window and either double click the clipping you want or hit Cmd + (the associated number next to the clipping) and the clipping will automatically be pasted to where your cursor last was. This greatly improves productivity as it speeds up the whole copy-paste procedure. For Mac App Store users, you will need to open the app's preferences and turn on 'Direct Pasting', this in turn will prompt you to download a helper which will enable the direct pasting functionality.

Enhanced Usage:

The app features a useful ‘Search’ bar on top that allows you to quickly type in text which will give you results containing the text you searched for. This is useful for finding clippings containing certain text or characters that you have copied in the past. You can then copy the search result to your clipboard as you normally would by selecting the clipping.

You can also right click on any clipping from the list and choose to do the following:

  • ‘Pin’ the clipping to appear at the top of the list.
  • ‘Edit’ the clipping to change the text contained within it.
  • ‘Delete’ the clipping altogether (this action cannot be undone).


You can right-click the menubar icon for CopyClip 2 (or hit Cmd + , with the app window open) to launch the Preferences menu. Please see the image below to view the list of customizable options present in the Preferences panel.

General: These allow you to set a hotkey for quick launches, allow the app to start at login and hide the app window at startup, allows you to set the number of clips that can be recorded (maximum of 230), choose colour themes, and much more. ‘Clear search on hide’ deletes any text you’ve typed into the search field when the app is minimized into the menubar. Pasting formatted text takes into account text that may be in bold, italics, underline, etc. Lastly, you can also click the ‘Delete All Clips’ button to permanently and irreversibly delete all clippings.

Exceptions: This option allows you to add/delete apps to a list which can be made exempt from allowing any clippings to be recorded from them.
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