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clipguru-clipboard-viewerAs a blogger and Network Administrator I need to do a lot of copy and pasting. I find myself copying huge scripts, HTML code and sometimes huge amounts of user data. During my day to day activities I need to copy screenshots and add text to show a group of people how to do something.

All this cutting and pasting along with clipping images and URL’s for posts sometimes gets all mixed up.

If I need to go back and review a link I copied earlier, chances are it has been overwritten by some 30 other tasks since. That is where ClipGuru comes in. This is an older freeware program that lets you take charge of your clipboard in ways you never imagined. If you need a powerful clipboard viewer and clipboard recorder app then read on.

Let’s take a look at ClipGuru. We will be using the standalone version (as in not installing it and can be run from a executable). You can grab the same one I did by navigating to here which will start your 387KB download.

When you finish it and run it you will see ClipGuru’s clipboard manager:

clipboard manager

Go ahead and copy some stuff from webpages to images and back to text. You can see what I copied below and the Note/Source field on the right is auto-populated. This makes it even easier to see what’s what. I copied some code from the source of Clipguru and ClipGuru sure enough noted it in the correct column. Nice and of course you can go in and edit this field as well.

clipboard recorder

Now that you have your data captured within ClipGuru you can put it to work for you. You are able to combine selections, search through what has been captured already and edit those notes.

You can get a preview of the image you captured by simply highlighting that row like you see below:


If you captured text or code you can search inside ClipGuru for specific key words like shown below. In this example you will see I selected some HTML code I copied and then I searched within it for the word Clip. It highlights the found results just as you would expect.

clipguru 2

According to the ClipGuru website they regularly save your open clipboard sets to prevent data loss. They also speak about false positives this program can give from a firewall product claiming that a keylogger exists. I can vouch for the software being virus/spyware free:

ClipGuru saves your clip information at regular intervals to minimize data loss should a system crash or hang occur. You may perform a manual save of your active clip sets by selecting the ‘Save Set’ button from the ClipGuru main window. Depending on the size of your sets, this could take a second or two.

ClipGuruâ„¢ contains no spyware, etc. It will attempt to access the internet only if you request help or request a version check.

If your firewall alerts you about a ‘keylogger’ or ‘hook’ when you run ClipGuru, it is because the method we use to capture the browser URL for ‘source’ information (actually, the only method we could find that works for both Internet Explorer and Firefox) utilizes a windows API call which requires us to issue a keyboard command. We assure you, no information other than the browser URL is being recorded and NO information is being sent from your computer.

All in all if you are a blogger or coder this is an application for you!

Mark also wrote about another one called ClipX but the difference with this one is that it has to be installed.

Do you use something similar? If you do let us know. Now if only there was some way you could communicate with us and the other readers”¦. Oh wait there is”¦

And it’s called the comments! How original eh?

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  1. Abdu
    August 4, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I didn't like ClipGuru. I can't figure out what the hotkey is to paste from the list. I thought it's ctl/alt/V but all I see is the color of tray icon changes.

    Also it seems it doesn't support permanent clips. my email is a permanent clip because almost everyone I paste my address at some site. A permanent clip comes handy.

    I will still use ClipX.

  2. Titanium Pen
    June 8, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Terrific! I'm really glad that I have stumbled upon this thing!

  3. heavyMGS
    March 26, 2009 at 7:14 am

    This proggy I am digging. Thanks

  4. youthworker
    February 27, 2009 at 4:31 am

    whys it called 101 clips? It only saves 25..

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      February 27, 2009 at 9:49 am

      You know like Free Downloads 101... It looks like they tried to use the American phrase but um... Failed. :)

  5. youthworker
    February 27, 2009 at 4:03 am

    I've been using Yankee Clipper for years on my home computer without a hitch, but wasn't able to install it (or anything similar) at work without admin privileges. This is great, with the added bonus that it stores the source of the clips- so I can scour the web, copying snippets as needed, knowing I can acknowledge the source when i paste it into a document later.
    My only bugbear is that it isn't quite 'portable'- I've carried it on a flash drive on several computers, but each time it saves to a new database of clips to the local disc. If there was the option to save to the thumb drive, I'd find it even better, and truly 'portable'.

  6. Sean Vater
    February 26, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Been using ClipX for ages, very happy with it....

  7. Torsten Uhlmann, AGYNAMIX
    February 26, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Check out Simidude, the software my company makes. It is a cross platform network clipboard and drag & drop tool with an easy setup on real computers or virtual machines.
    Works on Windows, Mac and Linux.

  8. nubiai
    February 26, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I use CLCL (portable):
    CLCL Homepage:
    It is better than ClipX for me. It has template function for often used items and it saves items for each user separately.

  9. William
    February 26, 2009 at 1:55 am

    101 Clips

  10. Wayne
    February 25, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    M8 Milti Clipboard

    Can save up to 25 clips
    Can edit saves
    Even has a basic graphics editor

  11. Sheryl Schuff, CPA
    February 25, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I've been using (and recommending ClipX) for ages. but this sounds like an alternative definitely worth checking out. Thanks.