Using PopClip to get the most out of your Mac

For those of you who haven’t used PopClip yet, it is a truly amazing tool that makes something as simple as a mouse click so much more powerful, engaging and ultimately useful.

It gives you a whole bunch of tools that appear when you highlight text. For example if I highlight a URL I can do the following:

  1. Open the link in my default browser - which for me is of course Chrome.
  2. Cut.
  3. Copy.
  4. Paste.
  5. Add to Fantastical.
  6. Run through a link shortener - I use goo.gl.
  7. Compose email using that text.
  8. Add link to Pocket.
  9. Add Link to Pinboard.
  10. Create note in Evernote.
  11. Lookup the IP for that URL.
  12. Google with words selected.

While some of these functions, such as the cut, copy and paste options can be completed using a keyboard shortcut - I find having access to these other functions super useful.

I only use a fraction of the different extensions that are available and if you can think of it, you can probably achieve what you are after with PopClip. As of the time of writing, there are 106 free extensions you can use. 106!!

Personally, I find simple tools like this so useful because while they don’t change the way I do something; for example, I am already going to open the link in a browser or complete a search for those words. This is just reducing the amount of clicks or keyboard commands I have to complete, and because the action menu is context-aware it will only present you with the options that you can use then and there.

For the amount of times I use this little app every day, I think its modest price of $4.99 is the perfect amount for this app. You can download a free trial on the website or buy it in the Mac App Store.

I’d be interested to know how you are using PopClip on your Mac or if you want an extension that doesn’t exist yet. If so, hit me up on twitter.

 
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