Sometimes, I want to quickly access a very specific or short bit of text, like a phone number from an email that I don’t want to save to my contacts, or a quote from a movie that I want to remember to share with a friend. I will usually copy text and save it in my Notes app, but there is now an easier way to store multiple copied pieces of text without having to even open an app.
Copy & Paste | Clipboard Widget is a simple app with one very useful feature. Copy any bit of text or image and it will automatically be saved in the Today section of Notification Center. You don’t even have to keep the app open in Multitasking for it to work.
Once downloaded, you’ll need to add the widget to Notification Center by opening it from an unlocked iOS device. Tap “Edit” and add the Copy & Paste widget to the included list.
Next, all you have to do is copy something. It will automatically save in the widget and show up in Notification Center. You can save dates, numbers, addresses, and even pictures. Anything you can copy on your iPhone by touching and holding it until the “Copy” option appears can be save to the widget.
You can also save multiple items that will be saved in both the app and the widget. First, copy a bit of text. Then, call up Notification Center by dragging down from the top of the screen. Tap the current copied item and it will move down to the saved list and stay there until you delete it.
To paste all saved items, get to the document you wish to paste in (like email or SMS). Then, open Notification Center and tap the first item you wish to paste. Then close Notification Center and paste the text into the document. Open Notification Center again to grab the next item and repeat.
I should point out that the image in the App Store shows that you can copy multiple sentences at once. The picture makes it look like you can literally use the Copy feature in iOS for two separate sentences at the same time. The image is a bit confusing, but you can tell from reading the text in the image that this app lets you copy two items, which can both be saved and stored in the widget at the same time by following the instructions I mentioned in the paragraph above. It does not allow you to use the Copy feature in iOS for two separate sentences at the same time.
When you are ready to get rid of something you’ve copied, simply delete it from the widget by tapping the red button next to it. You can also save or remove clipboard items from within the app, but that defeats the purpose of the widget.
Copy & Paste | Clipboard Widget is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for $1.99. Download it in the App Store today.
What do you think of this widget? Would you use something like this?