How to Use Text Clippings in macOS to Drag & Drop Text

macOS offers you a nifty little feature: text clippings. A hitherto little-known feature can help you increase your productivity. Want to know how to use text clipping to drag and drop text on Mac? Read on:

Text clipping in Mac has been there for the many years, but this feature was not explored much by many experts, let alone users. Although I have used this facility on my Mac for quite some time, I have never spoken or shared my experience with you. So here is my first-hand experience with text clippings on Mac.

But why now? Well, I have seen many of my friends struggle to copy and paste texts too often on their Macs. This facility is especially helpful to writers and office assistants, who have to mention particular phrases or texts often in their writings. It is as easy as drag and drop, and there is no rocket science behind this simple thing.

Before you go ahead, you must be convinced why you should use text clippings on your Mac devices. As I mentioned above, text clippings are most helpful for people, who wish to avoid typing the same contents again and again.

For example, you can use such clippings on your Mac when you are required to type name, addresses, multiple signatures, letter templates, email salutations, code snippets for regular usage, or just anything you need to type every day.

Which documents support drag-and-drop of text clippings?

This is important. You can copy text from any content source and drag-drop it to your Mac desktop or Finder. But when you are dragging the text, click gently on the copied text, or else you won’t be able to drag the text.

You can drag text clippings from your documents like MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Moreover, you can drag text from web pages and online text editors like Edit Pad, Ulysses, and Sublime. I have also successfully dragged text from my Notes app and iCloud Mail. As I said, the user has to do this carefully as there are strong chances you face initial failures to drag the text.

Now, it is time to throw you into action!

How to Drag & Drop Text on Mac Using Text Clippings

The process is pretty simple. Just select the text you want to use frequently and drag it to the desktop or Finder, and then drop the text there.

Use Text Clippings in macOS to Drag & Drop Text

And there you go!

You have done it successfully! What happens next? You can see a text clipping pasted on the desktop of your Mac. Note that the clipping will take the first few words of the selected text as its name. Hence, you should remember the first few words of the text so that you know the latest text clipping in case you are creating multiple text clippings on your Mac.

What is the format of the text clippings?

When you drag and drop the text clippings, they turn out to be rich text format and take .textclipping as an extension.

textclipping format of the text clippings on Mac

How to use text clippings on Mac?

So you have created some text clippings on your desktop, and now it is time to use them. It’s simple! Simply drag and drop the clippings in the blank area of other documents or text editors you are using currently.

The clippings will be quickly converted into the text as you have earlier selected from any source.

Simply Drag and drop text clipping file to any document on Mac

Note the difference between clippings from text editors/word documents and spreadsheet. When you create a text clipping from a spreadsheet, you will notice those grids even as you paste the clipping on text editors or word documents.

Video: How to Create and Use Text Clippings in macOS

Your turn…

Pretty simple but challenging if not done carefully. Have patience while you are dragging the selected text, otherwise, you won’t be able to create a single text clip in a day. Remember, this feature surely helps you increase your productivity as you are not supposed to open any document to copy text.

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