Parcellite is a great lightweight GTK+ clipboard manager that is a tiny download, uses hardly any memory, and is extremely useful. Once installed, you will find its icon in the system tray in your top panel, and when you click it, you can select previously copied text, and it will replace what is in memory with that, ready to be pasted.
So instead of having a text file full of scraps of text to copy and paste while you’re doing some tasks that require it, just choose the previously copied text you’d like to paste, and it’s ready to go!
The default is to keep track of the last 25 copies, but you can change that to whatever you want (up to 100) via Preferences (when you right-click the icon in your panel). You can also change other settings, like have it only copy hyperlinks, reverse the order of display, increase the length of displayed lines, add your own custom Actions, and define your own Hotkeys.
If this sounds like it could come in handy, simply open Synaptic and install parcellite, or enter the following command in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install parcellite
Another benefit of using Parcellite over other clipboard managers is that it remembers your list of copied text even after rebooting, so those clips of text from last time are still in its menu, ready for pasting. I’m sure this feature will save you a lot of copying, and looking around for those bits of text you need to copy again.
PS: If you want a good number of clipboard entries to work with, set it from the default 25 to 50. You shouldn’t need more than that, and the menu of items will drop to the bottom of the screen, and you’ll only need to click the arrow at the bottom for the first 2 or 3 entries (so it fits nicely on a widescreen monitor at 1680×1050).
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