Thursday, September 24, 2020

One of My Favorite Tools: Clipboard History Pro Chrome Extension


One of my favorite teacher productivity tools is the Clipboard History Pro Chrome Extension. Don't let the name fool you. You don't need the paid pro account to get great mileage out of this tool. The free version works just fine. 

This Google Chrome Extension provides easy, convenient access to your computer's clipboard. Distance learning, more than ever before, has educators producing digital content and curriculum. Doing so requires much use of the copy and paste function built in to all computers. Throughout the day, we copy and paste many things from text to images to URLs. Often times it is necessary to paste something again in a different location. Annoyingly, this can require you to go back and find the original item you copied, then re-copy. 

Clipboard History Pro puts all the things you copy at a glance from your browser. All you need to do is click the extension, and in the dropdown menu that appears, see anything you've copied recently. In the menu, click any item to re-copy. Take a look at the screenshots below to learn how to use Clipboard History Pro.

Step 1: Go to the Chrome Web Store and search for and install the Clipboard History Pro extension.

Step 2: Once installed, click the Extension on your Chrome browser. In the drop down menu that appears, you will see all the items that are on your clipboard.

Step 3: From left to right, you can click the circle next to each item to select an item. You can select multiple items at once. Next to each item, it tells you how long ago the item was copied onto the clipboard. Towards the right of the item's row, you can Star an item to add it to favorites, Edit to see more details and X it to delete it.

Step 4: If you click the Edit button, the drop down menu will show more details and options for a single item on your clipboard.

A way in which I use this extension daily is when I post announcements in Google Classroom Stream that are reminders for upcoming due assignments containing quick links to the assignments. The animated GIF below shows how. 

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