The 3 Best Clipboard Managers For Windows

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ClipboardManager01   The 3 Best Clipboard Managers For WindowsThe Windows clipboard is where information is stored temporarily when you copy something, for example a link, an image, or a piece of text. The clipboard can only hold one single item, so whenever you copy something else, the previous item will be discarded. If you didn’t mean to lose what you had copied earlier that can be a real bummer.

A Windows clipboard manager can fill in the void and add much needed capacity and functionality to the Windows clipboard. Not only can it maintain a history of items you copied during your current or even multiple Windows sessions, it can also save text snippets you frequently use and make them easily accessible.

The Can Do All: Ditto

Ditto may seem unpretentious at first. However, it has a host of useful features hidden beneath its oversimplified interface. On the surface, it merely keeps track of the clipboard history.

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However, when you right-click an item in the clipboard or open the > Options menu through the status bar menu, you are presented with the full depth of possibilities. The most notable features include searching entries, saving clips in groups for later use, and syncing clipboards across multiple computers.

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Ditto can save up to 999 clipboard items and you can also let entries expire after a set number of days. Per default, duplicates are removed, you can set a hotkey to activate Ditto and one each for pasting the last ten items copied.

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Ditto is open source and also runs as a portable application. Frankly, I found the options a little overwhelming, offering far more than I will ever need.

The Happy Medium: Yankee Clipper III

The two essential elements of Yankee Clipper are the History and the Boilerplates tabs in the left hand menu. The history is everything you copied during the present Windows session, while in Boilerplates you can save items permanently. Within each tab, clipboard items are sorted by category: text, pictures, rich text, URLs and all formats.

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More interesting features are hidden behind the menu icons. From left to right you can hide Yankee Clipper, print the current item, make the window stay always on top, open the configuration dialog, paste with a delay of 3-4 seconds, and exit.

History can be saved between sessions and the tool comes with a great tutorial that will not leave any questions open.

The Minimalist: xNeat Clipboard Manager

If you don’t fancy setting up commonly used phrases and would prefer a tool that exclusively manages your clipboard history, try the xNeat Clipboard Manager.

The options are concise: maximum clipboard history size (up to 99 items), start automatically with Windows, and change the keyboard shortcut to launch the paste options.

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When you paste using the xNeat Clipboard Manager key combination, you will be presented with the list of items in your clipboard history. This way you can copy multiple items in a row and then go ahead and paste them in one go.

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If you’re running Windows 7, do check out the comprehensive Clipboard Manager desktop gadget, which I briefly reviewed in the article Top 7 Coolest Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets You Have To Use. For more alternative clipboard managers have a look at the following articles:

What is your experience with clipboard managers? Userful tools or overrated?

Image credits: Valeriy Lebedev

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Libeco

I’ve tried many different options, but in the end just went with the very simple Clipboard Manager and it just works for me: http://www.outertech.com/en/clipboard-manager

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Anonymous

Clipx http://bluemars.org/clipx/

Simple, easy, light and just works. Have been using for years.

Tina

I tried ClipX and it has been reviewed previously on MakeUseOf. Definite highlights of ClipX are its extensions. Yet I preferred Ditto and Yankee Clipper.

Anyone looking into it should keep in mind that the last ‘stable version’ of ClipX was released in 2005 and the last beta version is from 2008. It does, however, work on Windows 7 and provides versions for both 32- and 64-bit operating systems.

Anonymous

Yep, but it just works. No need to improve upon as long as it’s this solid IMO. I’m sure there may be an issue or 2, but I’ve never had one. Also the foot print is small. Like 1MB for me. Win7 x64 SP1

…I mean it’s just clipboard management right?

Dan

I concur, ClipX “just works”. BTW, it’s only using 296k of memory in my system right now (Win7 Basic 64-bit SP1). I’m using the latest 64-bit beta.

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Fullbugged

Still happy with ClipX….

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Cate Eales

I *loved* Yankee Clipper, but it doesn’t work on 64-bit Vista or Windows 7. I miss it. I use ArsClip now. It’s OK but I don’t like is as much. http://www.joejoesoft.com/cms/showpage.php?cid=97

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Cate Eales

I *loved* Yankee Clipper, but it doesn’t work on 64-bit Vista or Windows 7. I miss it. I use ArsClip now. It’s OK but I don’t like is as much. http://www.joejoesoft.com/cms/

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Kathy Blocksdorf

I am paralyzed without Ditto.

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Anthony

It’s not freeware,but ClipDiary still my favorite…

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Libeco

I’ve tried many different options, but in the end just went with the very simple Clipboard Manager and it just works for me: http://www.outertech.com/en/cl

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nizbot

Clipx http://bluemars.org/clipx/

Simple, easy, light and just works. Have been using for years.

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Dan

I’ve tried over a dozen clipboard managers (including the ones listed in the post) in a vain attempt to replace ClipX. I can’t fight it, ClipX is the best one for me.

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Aloys

I was at some point looking hard for a clipboard manager and got Ditto a try but was fooled by its simple interface and uninstalled it. I ended up not using any of the managers I had found, and instead went back to the simple Windows manager :)

This time however I reinstalled Ditto and configured it the way I want. It’s a matter of getting used to its functions, takes a little time but it’s well worth it. Saves a lot of time when you want to do multiple pastes from a doc to another.

Tina

Aloys,

glad I could convince you to try Ditto again and hope it will work out for you.

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Orlado

thanks a lot

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robotDadcat

I’ve been using ditto for years now, and I have to say, it’s terrific. I have it set to store 500 clips at a time, with no degradation in performance. The search function is also blazingly fast. It’s not the prettiest app, but I absolutely love it.

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Jacky

I’m using Clipboard History from Outertech. All other Clipboard Managers I’ve tried are bloated and do not allow for easy pasting. You have either to use an ALT pr CTRL hotkey combination or the mouse. With Clipboard History you are pasting with the Capslock key. Really smooth.

Tina

Thank you for sharing, Jacky!

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