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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 application.

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.

I am long time user and highly recommend ArsClip

clip.exe is a free component of Windows Server 2003 that redirects output of command line tools to the Windows clipboard. This text output can then be pasted into other programs.

Parameter List:

/? Displays this help message.


DIR | CLIP Places a copy of the current directory listing into the Windows clipboard.

CLIP < README.TXT Places a copy of the text from readme.txt on to the Windows clipboard.

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[ Sep 14, 2012 ] TenClips the ultimate multiple clipboards for developers...

These new shortcuts can be changed using the 'Settings...' dialog box.

The current clipboard number is displayed in a tray icon Tray Icon. Hover

[ Sep 14, 2012 ] 5 Free Programs to Manage Windows Clipboard

05/10/2009 | Quick Online Tips (QOT)

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.

[ Sep 14, 2012 ] Save And View Your Complete Clipboard History In Windows 7, Vista, XP

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).

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[ Sep 12, 2012 ] Where Is The Clipboard on Windows 7 - Microsoft Answers

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.

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BurrWalnut replied on march 5, 2011

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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.

Five Best Clipboard Managers by Jason Fitzpatrick

Jun 21 2009

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.

ClipX (Windows, Freeware)

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

CLCL (Windows, Freeware)

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 (Windows, $34.95)

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 setup.

ArsClip (Windows, Freeware)

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 (Windows, Freeware)

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.

Power up your Windows Clipboard with ClipX

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 details.

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.

Latest stable version: ClipX for x86 (Nov. 30th, 2005)

Latest beta version:
ClipX beta 7 x86 (Jul. 6th, 2008)
ClipX beta 7 x64 (Jul. 6th, 2008)

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.

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Keeps a list of permanent entries at the bottom of your history.

Automatically checks for and downloads the latest version of ClipX (RSA authenticated).

Lets you ignore some clipboards based on size in memory.

Lets you save image clipboards as PNG or JPG (Requires GDI+), by Miguel Garrido.

Records your clipboard lifetime history to disk (text entries only).

Uses regular expressions to analyze your clipboard and construct URLs to navigate to, or programs command lines to run.

Grabs the color of the pixel under the mouse and formats it to your preferences before sending it to the clipboard.

Version History

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 magnifier.
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 in presets
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 disabled
01/03/2008 - Plugin Updates
- Disklog 1.0 - Added Disklog plugin, to record text entries permanently in a file
11/30/2005 -
- 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 -
- 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 - - Added ability to use the caret for popup position when possible, made it default 10/13/2004 - - Added support for Explorer file set clipboards 10/11/2004 -
- Fixed problem when pasting within EditPlus - Added unicode support - Made text edition internal
10/10/2004 -
- Fixed plugins not found when started from registry - Fixed duplicate &'s in manage and search lists - Released SDK
10/08/2004 -
- 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 -
- Fixed bug with saving of history, so much for betatesting ;-) - Improved stickies plugin (added edition, add from saved history)
10/07/2004 - - 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 - - Fixed crash when loading sessions from ClipX < 09/19/2004 - - Fixed crash introduced in (oops) 09/19/2004 - - Fixed menu alignment with multiple monitors when not using mouse position 09/18/2004 - - Fixed systray tip change, Added left click on systray, fixed rare assert bug 09/02/2004 - - Added XP manifest, Added current clipboard in systray tip 09/02/2004 - - Added bitmap clipboards support 09/01/2004 - - Fixed cosmetic bug 09/01/2004 - - Added Save/Load history - Added option to run at startup 09/01/2004 - - Added Clear current 09/01/2004 - - Added popup menu placement setting 08/31/2004 - - Added Search 08/31/2004 - - Added Edit/Delete 08/31/2004 - - Cosmetic changes, First public release 08/30/2004 - -> - Everything's new

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