Jumpcut – A Must-have Mac Clipboard

How many of you have had to copy a lot of text from one source to another or while editing? It is a pain especially if you need to rearrange the way a paragraph is layed out. For the Mac owners out there, Jumpcut will make the job a lot easier.

Jumpcut is a very simple clipboard application. The capture process is the same as your standard clipboard Ctrl + C. The difference is, you can copy multiple sections of text before you paste it to the target document.

Copying with Jumpcut

As I mentioned above, copying is the same as it always was. Select the text you would like to copy and press Ctrl + C or right click and select copy. The magic happens when it is time to paste the text to the target location.

Pasting with Jumpcut

When you have all the text copied, you will need to paste it. You can access the clipped text one of a couple ways.

  1. Press Ctrl + V to paste the most recently copied text.
  2. Press the default hotkeys (Ctrl + Option + V) to pull up the bezel.
  3. Click on the Jumpcut icon in the Mac’s title bar.

I won’t talk about option 1 to paste the text, it is pretty self explanatory. However, option 2 is pretty neat. This is the bezel.

When you press and hold the hotkey combo, you will see something like this:


In the bezel, you should see the most recently copied text. To see other copied text, you can (while holding Ctrl + option) press the arrow keys to toggle through the windows showing the text.

Option 2 is probably the fastest way to past text because you are using all keyboard shortcuts.

Using the Jumpcut icon is a good choice if you prefer to use a mouse. Simply click on the icon then on the text you want to paste.


Jumpcut preferences

You can make some adjustments in the preferences menu. This menu is accessed by clicking on the Jumpcut icon in the Mac title bar. You can adjust:

  • Transparency of the bezel
  • Hotkey combo
  • The look of the icon
  • How many clippings to save
  • Sticky bezel


If you don’t change anything else, I would recommend clicking on the sticky bezel. Turning this feature on will save you from holding the hotkey combo while you toggle though the clippings.

Uses for Jumpcut

The main use that pops into my head is editing. In many cases you will be rearranging paragraphs and pages to better convey your idea to people. Using Jumpcut, you can copy the whole paragraph, then each sentence, if rearranging doesn’t go right, you can go back to the original.

Another use would be for researching. You can copy important bits of text from several spots on the page as you read. When you have everything, you can paste it to the target document and add your notes.

How could you use this replacement clipboard? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Trevor Dobrygoski
Trevor Dobrygoski

Trevor is a freelance writer covering topics ranging from the Android OS to free web and desktop applications. When he is not writing about mobile productivity, He is coaching and playing the world's greatest game... Soccer.

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