Windows Brings Clipboard Monitoring To A New Level [Windows]

Craig Snyder 16-12-2012

clipboard monitoringIt only took me one or two disasters in losing huge blocks of copied text to cave in and download a third-party clipboard manager for Windows. While there are many, like ClipTrap Do You Copy & Paste All Day? Manage The Windows Clipboard Better With The Portable ClipTrap The clipboard is one of the invisible but most used features of our Windows computers. But satisfied with the way it handles any copy-paste operations, we let it be…rarely fiddling with it to change its... Read More , I’ve found that plenty of them have poor interfaces or indexing options that are not very featureful.


Just the other day, I stumbled across a new one by the name of At first, doesn’t come across as a clipboard manager. interacts with the clipboard to archive all of the data you copy, sort it by media type, and store it for you forever. If you’ve used other clipboard monitors and handlers on Windows, this one should be an entirely unique experience. [No Longer Available]

I’m not going to lie to you. The website is a little lackluster.

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Let’s not judge a book by its cover though. Tucked away in those 4.6 MB downloads, for both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows, is a clean and effective little application that saves and organizes data that I often find to be incredibly important. can be extracted to a flash drive and it’ll work just fine. The application is completely portable in both versions.


Upon launching the application, you should be at the Wizard screen where you’re prompted, by a text field, to enter your name.

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If you’ve got data that already exists as copied to your clipboard, it should immediately be the first item that is indexed within To check, go to the Default tab on the left and under the Views header. If you’ve got nothing there, pick any file, URL, or block of text to copy onto your clipboard. You should definitely see a change to the page now.

Here’s where gets cool and strays away from other clipboard monitors and handlers. actually has a unique preview for a wide range of different types of clipboard content: URLs, folders, images, and more.


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As you can see here, the URL of a MakeUseOf article was copied to the clipboard. Rather than just plainly displaying the URL, actually shows a frame with an active preview of that URL.

It works just as effectively when you copy an image, as you can see below where I copied a screenshot of the author’s homepage.

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Each item shows a caption, where the contents are from, what application it was copied from, the date it was copied, and the size of the copied contents. You can also mark an item as a favorite or protected item, for easier access or for sensitive data that you want secured.

The Logbook view is also very interesting, giving you a calendar-style breakdown of exactly when data was copied to your clipboard and thus saved to

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And of course this clipboard monitoring application wouldn’t be complete without a way to search through all of your saved data for certain keywords, which can easily be accomplished at the bottom-left of the main interface on the Default view, or in plain sight in the Wizard view.

Advertisement offers a really unique experience to capturing and visualizing all of the contents of your clipboard. What do you guys think of this method of managing the Windows clipboard? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Phil Botsky
    December 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    It's a really nice utility however I prefer ClipboardMaster by Jumping Bytes I've not found better clipboard manager for me. It's free - worth to try.

  2. Sravan Kumar
    December 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

    You could mention the website as in the article.
    I typed on browser and that website is something else.

    Sounds interesting. I Never thought I need a manager for my copy clipboard. will give it a try.

  3. Gerald Huber
    December 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    this is one of those things I need but didnt know i did. thanks for the article

  4. Jorge Andrade
    December 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    the icon to save must change from the floppy disk guys, the youngsters do not know what that is :)

  5. Carl Colvin
    December 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Good concept but I try to keep things running in the background to a minimum

  6. Prasanth Mathialagan
    December 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Nice application..

  7. Riya
    December 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Its useful, I'll keep it. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Arxadius Stark
    December 16, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I'm a Ditto user and have been very satisfied with it. Might just try this to see how its ease-of-use is. c:

  9. Mark Alsisto
    December 16, 2012 at 5:14 am

    LOL...i never ever actually think too much about losing my copied text or whatsoever. It never even bothered me. If i lose it, i'll just copy it problem for all these yearssss.

  10. Junil Maharjan
    December 16, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Looks great and seems easy

  11. Anonymous
    December 16, 2012 at 3:47 am

    looks pretty handy - I might be trying it out :)

  12. Mike Crabill
    December 16, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Very handy utility, keeps everything easily available.

  13. Raman
    December 16, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I'm a ditto user from a long time and I'm happy with it. is too large and requires too much interactions. Ditto is simple and fully effective.

  14. Jim Carter
    December 16, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Sounds good, but since it's portable how do we ensure that it runs automatically upon reboot (Windows 8)?

    • Amos
      December 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Jim,

      In the settings window, you have an option to make it start on windows startup, for that to happen, it will write to the registry (you also have a label telling you that so you will know) but this is the only thing that writes something outside its own folder., other than that, it is fully portable.