The clipboard is a set of functions and messages that enable
applications to transfer data. Because all applications have access to the
clipboard, data can be easily transferred between applications or within an
Windows Vista and Windows XP had a .exe file in the Windows system32
directory called clipbrd.exe, which allowed you to view the clipboard
in Windows 7. Unfortunately, they removed the clipboard viewer from Windows 7.
However, you can copy this file into the Windows 7 system32 directory and try to
run it in compatibility mode. This might work for you.
xNeat – This little program is really tiny! It weighs in at only
644KB! If you want something that will let you store more items in your clipboard
and not eat up very much RAM, then xNeat is the clipboard manager for you. Of
course, it's not as fancy as Ditto, basically allowing you to bring up a menu
with a list of all the items you have copied to the clipboard. You can setup
hotkey also to make the copying and pasting very efficient.
Suppose you copied an important information from some website and forgot
to paste somewhere, in the meantime you copied another important information
and the previous one got lost. By mistake you also closed the website from
where you copied the information, now what? This happens with me a lot too
so there is nothing to freak out.
Clipdiary is a free little
app that runs on the background and resides in the system traybar, it records
all clipboard activity and saves them in the database automatically. In
other words it is an easy-to-use clipboard manager.
To access your Clipboard history simple click Ctrl+D(default shortcut).
I recently purchased a Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Dell computer. I cannot find
the clipboard on the OS. Maybe it didn't come with one. If so, is there a Microsoft
site where I can download a clipboard and install it on this machine? I'd appreciate
any information you can offer here.
Unlike XP, the clipboard cannot be viewed in Windows 7. You
need a copy of clipbrd.exe from an XP computer. It is located in C:\WINDOWS\system32.
Copy it into the same folder in Windows 7 and to run it, click the Windows Orb (Start),
type clipbrd and press Enter.
Windows 7 has a clipboard, just not a clipboard viewer.
Screen shots are taken the same as former Windows.
Prt Scr or Shift Prt Scr then paste to where ever you want.
A better solution in my opinion is to use the Snipping tool.
Type Snipping into the start search box and hit enter.
Basic cut and paste gets the job done, but if you're going for speed and
efficiency, you'll need a clipboard manger to keep your copy-fu strong. Let's
take a closer look at five of the most popular clipboard managers.
Earlier this week we asked you to
share your favorite
clipboard mangers. You responded, demonstrating that just because something
is small and usually hidden from the end user doesn't mean it isn't ripe for
tinkering and improvement. Increase your efficiency and cut down on the time
you spend hunting for snippets of text with one of these great clipboard managers.
By itself ClipX is a great clipboard manager capable of going portable with
a simple command line argument. You can assign hotkeys to primary and secondary
pastes off your clipboard log, but you can't assign a hotkey to a specific phrase.
ClipX supports both text and image cutting and pasting. There are around a half
dozen plugins for ClipX that provide additional functionality like clipboard
search, a color picker that automatically dumps the color values into your clipboard,
and a plugin that adds sticky clipboard entries you want to keep close at hand
If you've looked over some of the other clipboard managers in today's
Hive Five and found them a bit overpowered for your needs, take a look
at CLCL. It's an excellent compromise between the inadequate default clipboard
and the advanced every-bell-and-whistle clipboard managers. CLCL allows
you to access your clipboard history with a simple press of ALT+C or from
the icon in the system tray. Frequently used
clippings can be saved to the Templates category, and you
can customize the paste hotkey based on the program you're using to avoid
conflicts and set specify windows to ignore. Beyond that CLCL doesn't have
a whole lot more functionality, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It
stores the clippings you want, retrieves them with a simple keystroke-summoned
menu, and is light on your system resources.
ClipMate has, out of the five clipboard managers featured here, the most
ways for you to interact with your collection of clippings. The Classic
view gives you a toolbar with drop down options, the Explorer view-seen
here-is the master management panel where you can group and edit your clippings,
and finally the ClipBar integrates right into the Windows Task Bar to provide
a quick access list to your frequently and most recently used clippings.
ClipMate features encryption if you need to keep your clippings secure when
not in use, advanced paste that supports structured data like tabs and delineation,
and even in a built-in screen-capture tool with selective capture. ClipMate
is the only non-freeware entry in this week's Hive Five.
A license lets you use ClipMate on two computers plus a portable installation,
which would easily cover a single user with a desktop/laptop/thumb drive
ArsClip is a lightweight and portable. It supports and stores pictures,
formatted text, Unicode, and HTML. You can edit your clippings
to include key stroke emulation to paste text into forms and other
complex arrangements. ArsClip also supports switching between groups
based on the program. If you only use a certain set of clippings while editing
your blog, for instance, you can set them to only appear when you're active
in Firefox. In addition to support for images, ArsClip also supports files, allowing you to store frequently used/pasted
files right in ArsClip.
Ditto is a portable clipboard manager with a hefty feature list. Not
only does Ditto support plain text, but it can also copy formatting and
even images. You can search your stored text clippings and synchronize multiple
copies of Ditto together to update your clippings across computers. Ditto
has full unicode support, so you can paste foreign and non-standard characters
without a problem. You can group together your clippings to keep things
organized by task or project, as well as assign hotkeys to frequently used
clippings. On top of the user-defined hotkeys, Ditto sports over a dozen
built-in hotkeys for entering, searching, and retrieving your clippings.
Now that you've had a chance to look over the contenders for the best clipboard
manager, it's time to cast your vote:
Best Clipboard Manager? (Poll Closed)
Total Votes: 1032
Never used a clipboard manager before? Inspired to try one because of this
list? Shocked your favorite didn't make the cut? Sound off in the comments.
It's only recently that I have begun to realise the full potential of the Windows
clipboard. Normally I copy and paste text all the time and never give the actual
clipboard a second thought. But after reading
Lifehacker's Top 10 Clipboard Tricks, I now realise there is more to it
than just pressing CTRL + C.
Recently I found a nice little freeware program
called ClipX. It's described as
a "Clipboard History Manager" and it is proving to be insanely useful. It basically
remembers all the text and images that you have copied and pasted to the clipboard
and you can retrieve any of it at any time by clicking on the relevant entry.
The actual program sits in your task bar close to your PC clock (the paperclip
icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screenshot above). By clicking on
the icon once, a box pops up with your recent clipboard entries. Choose the
one you need by clicking on it and you can then CTRL + V it into another document.
The program developer has even written a bunch of useful plug-ins to enhance
ClipX. Check the homepage for more
The program remembers up to 1024 previous clipboard entries (you can choose
how many you want it to remember) and you can set ClipX to purge itself when
you shut down your PC. If that isn't enough, the program also has a built-in
search function to look for a particular clipboard entry.
If you are a big clipboard user, this is a program to consider installing.
But if you would prefer to have a choice, another similar program is
Ditto. This one claims to be
able to synchronize multiple clipboards.
Note that beta versions are work in progress. Although I make
every effort to provide them bug-free,
you should expect problems. If your configuration settings are important to
you, you should make a
backup of the configuration (*.ini) before installing a beta.
Grabs the color of the pixel under
the mouse and formats it to your preferences before sending it to the clipboard.
7/06/2008 - Plugin Updates
- All in-house plugins - Added x64 versions. - Added
support for plugins automatic updates (you need to manually update them
one last time). - ColorPicker 1.2 - Added eyedropper tool with
7/04/2008 - Plugin Updates
- Smart Navigation 1.2 - Added flag to enable or disable URL
encoding on a per expression basis, to be able to open programs with parameters
(oops, slight oversight)
- Made betas public - Plugin Updates: - Made installers
for all in-house plugins - AutoUpdate 1.5
- Added support for auto-downloading beta versions
01/25/2008 - Plugin Updates
- Stickies 1.8 - Fixed shortcut key 'A' for the first entry
being ignored - Color Picker 1.1 - Added hotkey for showing
a color picking dialog - Smart Navigation 1.1 - Made regexp
edition dialog larger - Added monitoring of clipboard for preview
field in regexp edition dialog - Added pattern for email handling
01/23/2008 - Plugin Updates
- Smart Navigation 1.0 - Added SmartNavigation plugin, to analyze
the clipboard content using regular expressions and navigate based on results
- Color Picker 1.0 - Added ColorPicker plugin, to copy the color
under the mouse cursor into custom formats - Disklog 1.1 - Fixed
bug that disabled clipx's text clipboard support when Disklog plugin was
01/03/2008 - Plugin Updates
- Disklog 1.0 - Added Disklog plugin, to record text entries
permanently in a file
11/30/2005 - 184.108.40.206
- Fixed crash when used in Firefox 1.5 (if you use the Stickies plugin,
you need to update to Stickies 1.7 to fix crashes in Firefox when pasting
a sticky) - Moved clipx.ini to ClipX's directory - Added ini optimization
10/14/2004 - 220.127.116.11
- Fixed last history entry in systray tooltip after unsupported clipboard
was copied - Improved startup, does not lose current clipboard anymore,
even if it is an unsupported format - Added auto-navigate option to google
hotkey, detects urls and navigate rather than search - Added double click
on systrem tray to open configuration - Added double click in plugin list
to open the plugin's about box - Added double click in manager to open edition
box - Added double click in search to validate choice - Added double click
in stickies to open edition box - Grayed out apply button in config until
something has changed, you'll want to update your plugins. - Fixed
bottom of plugin configuration pages titles cut off by a few pixels - Added
delete key support and auto-reselect in manager
10/13/2004 - 18.104.22.168 - Added ability to use the caret for popup position when
possible, made it default 10/13/2004 - 22.214.171.124 - Added support for Explorer
file set clipboards 10/11/2004 - 126.96.36.199
- Fixed problem when pasting within EditPlus - Added unicode support - Made
text edition internal
10/10/2004 - 188.8.131.52
- Fixed plugins not found when started from registry - Fixed duplicate &'s
in manage and search lists - Released SDK
10/08/2004 - 184.108.40.206
- Optimized memory usage - Improved pasting algorithm to avoid automatic
reselection of text box contents by Windows - Fixed pasting from search
box when used from clipboard history - Fixed drawing glitch with default
entry when it is a graphical one - Fixed menu accelerators sometimes desynchronized
- Added accelerators to several dialogs items - Updated stickies plugin
10/07/2004 - 220.127.116.11
- Fixed bug with saving of history, so much for betatesting ;-) - Improved
stickies plugin (added edition, add from saved history)
10/07/2004 - 18.104.22.168 - Big update :
- Revamped config dialog - Fixed ignore bitmap/text entries - Added multi-user
support - Added Clear History/Clear Bitmaps - Added Purge bitmaps between
sessions - Added selectable system tray icon (now defaults to a 256 colors
one) - Added Navigate to current clipboard content - Added Google search
current clipboard content (optional Auto-quoting) - Fixed bitmap popup entries
accelerator alignment - Fixed bitmap popup entries for very small bitmaps
(< 8x8) - Added plugins support, SDK on its way - Fixed duplicate accelerator
- Lots of tiny, almost unnoticeable but well worth it cosmetic changes
10/03/2004 - 22.214.171.124 - Fixed crash when loading sessions from ClipX < 126.96.36.199
09/19/2004 - 188.8.131.52 - Fixed crash introduced in 184.108.40.206 (oops) 09/19/2004 -
220.127.116.11 - Fixed menu alignment with multiple monitors when not using mouse position
09/18/2004 - 18.104.22.168 - Fixed systray tip change, Added left click on systray,
fixed rare assert bug 09/02/2004 - 22.214.171.124 - Added XP manifest, Added current
clipboard in systray tip 09/02/2004 - 126.96.36.199 - Added bitmap clipboards support
09/01/2004 - 188.8.131.52 - Fixed cosmetic bug 09/01/2004 - 184.108.40.206 - Added Save/Load
history - Added option to run at startup 09/01/2004 - 220.127.116.11 - Added Clear
current 09/01/2004 - 18.104.22.168 - Added popup menu placement setting 08/31/2004
- 22.214.171.124 - Added Search 08/31/2004 - 126.96.36.199 - Added Edit/Delete 08/31/2004
- 188.8.131.52 - Cosmetic changes, First public release 08/30/2004 - 184.108.40.206 -> 220.127.116.11
- Everything's new
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