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I talk to a lot of clients every day and answering FAQS could be a really hard time for me in the long term. What I do is copying from the txt file, alt-tab, paste. I want an app that can help me fasten my work, It should paste multiple clipboards where I don't have to alt-tab to open another file.

Something like this (basically, like a soundboard but text)

  1. (FAQ answer #1) can be pasted with a hotkey(ex. shift+1)
  2. (My Details) can be pasted with a hotkey(ex. shift+2)
  3. (Personal links) can be pasted with a hotkey(ex. shift+3)
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  • I'm not a Windows user myself, but I've heard of some software called AutoHotkey being capable of such things (and much more). For a quick overview, check this Wikipedia article. Quote: "Using shortcuts to fill in frequently-used file names or other phrases" – that should meet your needs.
    – Izzy
    Feb 4 at 22:39
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CopyQ is an open-source, gratis, cross-platform tool that can do exactly what you want (along with many other things!).

You can store pre-defined clips in lists, and even create tabs of lists. You can then assign shortcut keys to paste (insert) items from those lists.

CopyQ can have a bit of a learning curve, but its power is extensive due to its support for commands and scripting, as well as its flexible configuration UI.

As of this writing (2021 February), CopyQ is actively developed and maintained by Lukas Holecek.

Copyq is available here:
https://github.com/hluk/CopyQ

The documentation is available here:
https://copyq.readthedocs.io/

I give CopyQ an impressive 5 out of 5 lizards.

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  • I am having a hard time learning how to use it, I cant assign shortcuts on a single clip. Is there any alternative like this more user friendly? I wish I have time to learn it but unfortunately, it's really frustrating for me
    – Patrich
    Feb 5 at 19:27
  • @Patrich I hear you. It does a have a learning curve, and can be frustrating at first. It took me a while to love it, and I thought about deleting it a few times until I finally had enough time to learn how to use it effectively. I think AHK (AutoHotKey) will also do what you want, but it has a bit of a learning curve too. There are some much simpler alternatives. I'm pressed for time right now, but I'll make a note to see if I can find something simpler to get running for you. Over the years, I've definitely come across a few simple tools to do exactly what you want. Feb 6 at 4:19
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CudaText editor, FOSS and cross-platform. It has Python API so making the small plugin for your request is not hard.

You ask to paste some text via a hotkey - OK, CudaText plugin can give command, 3 commands for 3 items. So calling "Plugins / YourCommand / Copy 1st" will copy to clipboard the text (FAQ answer #1). And you then paste it into another app via Ctrl+V. Hotkey for "Plugins / YourCmd / Copy 1st" can be added.

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In your place I would use espanso, which is a text expander, so that depending on the answer you want to give, you would press one invocation or another.

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I use CLCL - free clipboard app. It allows you to have "templates".

For example, when I hit the CLCL hotkey, tap T for Template, I know if I press 6 it will paste my email address, and 5 will paste my phone number.

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It's a little confusing to setup, but worth it, and totally portable so can run from USB.

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