Manage Your Clipboard

By on Aug 1, 2013

One of the great Microsoft Windows functions is the simple copy and paste — CTRL-C to copy to the clipboard and CTRL-V to paste the last item added to the clipboard — allowing you to take information from one program and, simply and quickly, adding it to another.

Unfortunately, the functionality and utility of this standard window function has not improved at all over the years. It could be so much better.

And that’s why clipboard utilities were created.

I have utilized a number of clipboard utilities over the years. There are a lot of options. My current tool of choice is ClipMate for Windows v7.5 ($34.95).

ClipMate enhances the Windows Clipboard, making it a true power tool. The cut / copy / paste capability of Windows is not very useful to move a lot of data or keep data longer than your next cut or copy.

ClipMate works alongside the regular Windows Clipboard and remembers every piece of data (both text and graphics) that you cut or copy. Once your data is saved in ClipMate, you can select an item and it is automatically placed back on the Clipboard or directly into an application. Within ClipMate you can view, print, edit, reformat, convert to upper/lower case, search, rename, and reorder Clip Items. There are several “heavy lifting” features such as PowerPaste, Templates, and Clean-Up, that help with big data conversion chores like contact and lead management, data acquisition, document assembly, and research.

There are multiple ways to view this information. The Classic view gives you a toolbar with dropdown options, the Explorer view — seen below — 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

ClipMate also features encryption if you need to keep your clippings secure when not in use. PowerPaste adds advanced paste options that support structured data like tabs and delineation. 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.

While I elected to use this paid version, there are a number of Freeware options including ClipX, CLCL, ArsClip and Ditto.

Properly setting up a clipboard utility can help streamline how you move data from one program to another. What other clipboard management options have you found to be helpful?

2 Comments

  1. Steve, while not really a clipboard manager, our whole office uses a cool screen capture tool called SnagIt. Info at http://discover.techsmith.com/. Thanks for your TechTips – always fun and interesting.

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