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Can a clipboard editor save the day?

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A clipboard editor of all the things? How can it be useful in this day and age?

I have tried to automate some of the most common things that I do on a regular basis. There are a bunch of tools that I use to do just that - these save keystrokes (AutoHotkey), automate regular tasks (e.g. take a screenshot, optimize size and upload to imgur), or connect my one useless social media account to the other (IFTTT).

But for all my life, I could never think that I would need a clipboard editor. Sure, an editor can provide powerful functions to remember the last one million strings I had copied, but what’s the point?

I will just copy the thing again if at all I lose it. How can I lose something that I copied a second ago anyway?

Without answering all those smart questions, I installed me-self Ditto. Ditto promises to hold the text or image content you copied a while back. That’s all there is to it - no more.

And, it turned out that’s what was missing in my life.

Searching for and re-copying content that I had copied 25 seconds back can shave whole minutes in your super productive day.

I can now -

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + ` to access clipboard
  • Do a Ctrl + 1 to Ctrl + 0 to quickly recopy the last 10 strings / images
  • Start typing in after pressing the shortcut key to quickly filter whatever stuff you had copied to clipboard
  • Hit enter or click to copy the content again

Ditto also has this feature to sync between computers over network (which I don’t use). Since the application maintains your clipboard entries in a SQLite DB, you can also put the DB on a shared drive if you want to live dangerously in your LAN.

Ditto is free and open source (GPLv3 if you care for such a thing), very light on resources, and very very quick to use. Try it by all means, but be warned - you will get addicted.

Download Ditto.

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Prashanth Krishnamurthy
Prashanth Krishnamurthy
Technologist | Creator of Things