Extend Android's clipboard functionality with ClipShare

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Oct 10, 2011 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Although Android supported the cut-and-paste functionality from day one, the system's clipboard feature remains pretty rudimentary: it allows you to store only one clipping at the time, and you can't do much with the clipboard's contents beyond pasting it. And while the standard clipboard feature does the job most of the time, power users looking to extend the clipboard's functionality may appreciate the ClipShare app.

Once installed, this tiny (only 72KB) app adds an entry in the Share menu, so you can push text selections and links to ClipShare from any app that supports sharing. ClipShare's key feature is the ability to store multiple items, but that's not all the app has to offer. You can edit the contents of any item stored in ClipShare, and you can copy an item to the standard clipboard. When you push a URL to ClipShare, the app automatically shortens the link using Bit.ly (you can disable this feature, if necessary). Press the Share(URL) button next to the desired item containing a URL, and ClipShare opens it in the default browser. You can create new items directly from within ClipShare, too. This feature can come in handy for creating ready-to-use text snippets like signatures, canned responses, etc. All in all, if you find Android's default clipboard functionality too limited for your needs, then ClipShare definitely deserves a closer look.

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