Easily keep track of all your clipboard (copied/cut) data and/or share it across your network.

Often times when I am multitasking I copy some text/link/picture/whatever planning on pasting it somewhere else. However before I can paste that information, that I copied, to the proper location I end up copying something else for another task. This annoys the crap out of me because everything right after I do the second copy I think “oh crap I had something else copied”. Well to solve that problem I looked around and found a very handy tool called Clipboardic and thought I should share:

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What exactly does Clipboardic do? Well to understand what Clipboardic does you need to first know what happens when you cut/copy (Ctrl + X/Ctrl + C or Right click -> Cut/Copy or [insert method to cut/copy here]) something on your computer. When you cut/copy something in Windows, the data (whether it be just text, or if it includes HTML links, images, etc.) is stored in a “Windows clipboard”. When you paste (Ctrl + V or “Right click” -> Paste” or [insert method to paste here]) the last data entry made into Windows clipboard is the data that is pasted. In other words the last data you copied or cut is pasted.

What Clipboardic does is it monitors your Windows clipboard and every time an entry is made in Windows clipboard, when you copy or cut something, Clipboardic stores it. So if you copy or cut multiple things in succession instead of just being able to paste the last data you copied, all you do is go to Clipboardic and click (single left click) on the entry that contains the specific data you want to paste; then just paste and the proper data will be pasted. Simple, easy and elegant. This way if you are multitasking and you copy multiple data, you can paste it all back, at will, instead of just being able to paste back the last thing you copied.

Furthermore, Clipboardic allows you to easily share your clipboard (copied/cut) data with computers on your network. If you want to do this, all you do is place Clipboardic.exe (Clipboardic is a portable file – no installation required) in a shared network folder. Then just run Clipboardic from the shared network folder whenever you want Clipboardic to capture your clipboard data or if you want access the clipboard data from another computer.

Keep in mind that in order for Clipboardic to work you must have Clipboardic running. This may sound obvious but what I am trying to say is that you cannot copy multiple data and expect Clipboardic to find/capture that data if you run Clipboardic after you copied the data. If you don’t have Clipboardic running while you are copying the data, it will not be able to capture your clipboard data (regardless of if you are sharing it across your network or not). Don’t worry – Clipboardic only takes up ~2 MB of RAM while running so it is not a resource hog at all. Also, since you probably don’t want Clipboardic appears in your Windows taskbar while it is running, if you go to “Options” and select “Put Icon on Try” you can close the Clipboardic program window and it will continue to run from your system tray.

Lastly, I find that Clipboardic is missing one key feature: the ability to auto start at Windows boot. I hope the developer adds in the next version but for now no worries: you can use Windows Task Scheduler to make Clipboardic run at Windows boot. For directions on how to use Task Schedular on XP, click here. For directions on how to use Task Scheduler on Vista, click here.

Ready to get Clipboardic? Clipboardic works on all Windows 2000 and above:

Click here to download Clipboardic

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  1. RobCr

    @Janet:
    Don’t bite the hand that is trying to help you.

    If Windows won’t let us know who the parent is (which program), there is no way in the world it could tell you what that parent program intends the Hot Key to do.

  2. Janet

    @RobCr:

    The site specifically said (emphasized!) that the parent app is not identified. I was asking what the hotkey ,b>does, not what app it is associated with. It seems worthless to know it’s taken if you don’t know with what……Besides, those codes apparently mean something…..

  3. RobCr

    @Janet:
    Whilst Googling I came across a couple of people asking that question.
    Apparently Windows does not provide a means for any program to determine ‘Who’s my Daddy’
    If I was going to bravely try them all out, I would first image my drive/partition, so that I can undo any damage that results.

    Rob
    PS If you do do that, you can export the list to CSV, then into Excel, so you have a means to store the answers, you discover.

  4. RobCr

    @Janet:
    I have had a couple of my VB6 32 bit programs fail on Win 7 64 bit.
    We managed to get them to work, by setting the compatibilty options
    I have also helped a couple of people on forums, get their programs working.
    You may have to do this for both the EXE, and shorcuts to it. Or maybe doing it to the exe, will cause the shortcuts to inherit the settings ? ?
    First tick the box for all users. That actually present another dialog (looks the same, but now it will apply to all users).
    Select XP
    Select run as administrator.
    Then try the program.
    If it still has problems, then go back to the dialog (for all users), and experiment with the 5 checkboxes in the frame in the middle. Say tick the bottom 3 boxes.
    You may have to try different combinations.
    What that will do is avoid the program having to attempt to use all the aero/graphics components in Win 7. So even if you do not think your program has fancy graphics, you may still have to play with those 5 checkboxes.

    Regards,
    Rob

  5. Janet

    @RobCr:

    RE: HOT KEYS
    >It does not handle Win 7 64 bit. (But it might with
    >some Compatibility tweaks – Yell out for tips)

    I need a prog for W7 64Bit…..Does it work if you go to Properties and have it run compatible with e.g., XP?

  6. RobCr

    @Janet:
    I finally got back to check out your ‘heads up’ on Ditto.
    You are correct, it does paste into the previously active program.
    I will investigate further.

    I have been helping someone on a VB6 forum, with a pasting solution (not using SyaTray, so not related to what we were discussing). He was wanting me to write a program that remains hidden, and pastes the Euro siign, when a HotKey is pressed. I wrote that for him, and then we had to decide on which HotKey, as Win 7 has grabbed all the Win key + number combinations. And while it was at it, they grabbed Win key plus M, that was irritating some DotTechies.
    I have a solution for any DotTechies that would like to tell Win 7 to get lost (IE it will flip a setting in Win 7, so Win 7 no longer registers those hot Keys). Yell out anyone who is interested.

    I then explored to find a utility that will list all the registered Hot Keys,
    I found a good one, if anyone is interested -
    http://www.tranglos.com/activehotkeys/
    http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=18189.0
    It does not handle Win 7 64 bit. (But it might with some Compatibility tweaks – Yell out for tips)
    I found a couple of other programs, if anyone is interested

    Back to Ditto.
    That same author used to use Ditto, but had a few frustrations with it.
    He describes those shortcomings.
    He then wrote his own program -
    http://www.tranglos.com/echo/
    http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=27849.msg260552

    Both of these programs are portable (No Install) <=====
    Locutus might care to feature them ?
    (And mention they are portable, won’t you ?)

    Regards,
    Rob

  7. Rob (Down Under)

    @Janet:
    I finally got back to check out your ‘heads up’ on Ditto.
    You are correct, it does paste into the previously active program.
    I will investigate further.

    I have been helping someone on a VB6 forum, with a pasting solution (not using SyaTray, so not related to what we were discussing). He was wanting me to write a program that remains hidden, and pastes the Euro siign, when a HotKey is pressed. I wrote that for him, and then we had to decide on which HotKey, as Win 7 has grabbed all the Win key + number combinations. And while it was at it, they grabbed Win key plus M, that was irritating some DotTechies.
    I have a solution for any DotTechies that would like to tell Win 7 to get lost (IE it will flip a setting in Win 7, so Win 7 no longer registers those hot Keys). Yell out anyone who is interested.

    I then explored to find a utility that will list all the registered Hot Keys,
    I found a good one, if anyone is interested -
    http://www.tranglos.com/activehotkeys/
    http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=18189.0
    It does not handle Win 7 64 bit. (But it might with some Compatibility tweaks – Yell out for tips)
    I found a couple of other programs, if anyone is interested

    Back to Ditto.
    That same author used to use Ditto, but had a few frustrations with it.
    He describes those shortcomings.
    He then wrote his own program -
    http://www.tranglos.com/echo/
    http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=27849.msg260552

    Both of these programs are portable (No Install) <=====
    Locutus might care to feature them ?
    (And mention they are portable, won't you ?)

    Regards,
    Rob

  8. Rob (Down Under)

    @Janet:
    Thanks for the info, I will check it out.
    Regards,
    Rob
    PS I have a question regarding Restoring a Win 7 image using the the Seagate DiscWizard
    I was testing the free version of Clipboard Express, and it’s web site’s confusing names of the download (is it the free or is it the Pro) distracted me from noticing that it is only XP.
    I was not keen to install it in my XP, so I fired up the Win 7, and popped it in there.
    When I finally got it in (Avast kept shoving it into a Sandbox), it fully installed, and then told me ‘OOPs not allowed for Win 7′
    I was not impressed with all the controls it was installing, as they looked a bit capable of ‘DLL Hell’ affecting my VB programs (which use same controls), so I decided to restore the whole Win 7 from a Seagate DiscWizard image I created a week ago.
    That did not go well, so now I have hosed my Win 7 OS.
    Will be attempting to recover the damage, for some time, methinks.
    Does anyone have experience Restoring Seagate DiscWizard images for Win 7
    It is much easier with XP
    Win 7 has a MBR
    And it has a CMD partition (100K)
    And then your OS partition.
    And when you attempt to do a Restore, there is a checkbox for each,
    AND YOU CAN ONLY TICK ONE AT A TIME
    Anyone got advice on the order they should be ticked,
    And should I complete the restore of each, or use the ability to backtrack slightly to tick another box.
    That is the area, where I would appreciate advice.

  9. Janet

    @Rob (Down Under):

    I now use Ditto. It sits in the system tray. One click opens it, and then you double-click on the desired clip, which instantly appears wherever your cursor was. You can have it disappear or stay open. You can collapse it to a very skinny vertical strip which is convenient to keep on the side of the Desktop. Lots of setup options. You can either have it connected to Windows clipboard or not (I have that checked).

  10. Rob (Down Under)

    I have a request for all you users of different Sys Tray Clip pasting programs (IE most of those mentioned above).
    When you decide to paste one of the stored clips into your current Active program (EG Word or Notepad or a textbox on a web page or into an email).
    There are two ways the programmer could have solved it -
    1) When you click a clip, it pushes that clip onto the Windows clipboard, and you then have to paste it out of the Windows Clipboard into your Active program.
    – - – or
    2) Once you click the clip in the Sys Tray list, the list hides it self, and the clip is pasted directly into your Active program (which means the Windows Clipboard is not involved, and you only had to click once. Actually twice, as you had to click the Sys Tray Icon).

    If any of you have a clip program that can do that direct pasting (option 2 above), could you let me know.
    As it turns out, option 2 is extremely difficult to code, because the moment you click the Sys Tray Icon, that will steal the focus away from your Active program, and when you click the clip to be pasted, Windows has forgotten which program was Active, and the paste fails.

    Thanks,
    Rob
    PS I am trying to solve a similar problem for a PicPick front end that I am coding, and the Sys Tray click is making Windows forget which program was Active. Thus if the user chooses to capture the Active screen, it ain’t active anymore, so it captures ‘thin air’.
    I am hoping to write to the programmer (of the clip program, I have asked you for info on), and ask how he did it.
    It would be no use me writing to the programmer for PicPick, as he could not solve it.

  11. Giovanni

    The following free programs are also two excellent clipboard managers tool are worth a try:

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Clipboard/RClipStep.shtml
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Clipboard/Wlipper.shtml

    And if you want to syncronize data from one computer to another, there is a free app that does this for you automatically:

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Clipboard/Suvi-s-Global-Clipboard.shtml

    Enjoy!

  12. Steve

    I downloaded this app. I use Vista Home Premium. After it starts running it starts addings all these 95K files, all the same, and they just keep running. What are they? I was not copying anything. What is the app doing? Please help.

  13. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Sure – others are welcome. In a few days the forums will be up inshAllah and you can post there also.

    As for me: I can’t think of anything right now, because I feel the underlying nature of these types of programs yells “annoying”, but if I do I will be sure to share.

  14. Rob

    Hi Ashraf,
    I have downloaded it, and the latest trial.
    I doubt that I will use it permanently, for the reasons you mention.
    My interest is to see if there is any part of the functionality that I may build into my VB6 program(s), and I may build a less irritating version of what it does.
    And now to my question -
    If you could could describe what you would like in such a program (so that it is not irritating) I may have a go at building one.
    If you don’t object, perhaps others could proffer their thoughts as well ?
    Regards,
    Rob

  15. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Man I really dislike Typing Assistant like programs. They are so annoying. The only typing assistance I need is on my cell phone. However TA looks pretty good even though I may not like it.

  16. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Dave,

    I went to check out Clipomatic. Was about to download it but I read this:

    Clipomatic only works with text.

    I am sure Clipomatic is good for what it does but Clipboardic keeps track of everything that you cut or copy, including non-text things like desktop icons.

  17. Janet

    The most elegant multiple-copy function (mathematically speaking, i.e., the fewest moves) would probably be with Typing Assistant 4.3 (by SumitSoft)! It has an Auto-Clipboard function which automatically saves as many as your last 50 copy-entries (you can set it for 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50). It will auto-suggest the copy entry if you type the first couple of letters (you can set how many), OR you can get your Auto-Clipboard Dictionary with Alt+Right(arrow) and chose from the list with one click each in whatever order you want them! All this is automatic (I have it open on bootup–it sits in the system tray).

    It also has Auto-Expand for words or phrases or macros that you use often. Also Auto-learn, where it learns words you type and Auto-Suggests them. So no matter how fast you type, you can type even faster! But there are two things you must do:

    !!!!You must set the options to get optimal results for yourself!!!

    1. Set the minimum stringlength you want it to learn. I set it to 7, so it will only auto-learn and then auto-suggest words 7 letters or longer. If you are a fast typist, you might set that even higher, so it just auto-suggests for really long words. This is especially useful when using long specialty words, like in a technical article (e.g., the name of a program, or medical terms, etc etc.)

    2. Set how many letters you should type before it shows suggestions. I set this at 2.

    3. The great value of this program is felt only after you use it for a while–that is, after it builds up a dictionary from the words YOU have typed. That way, YOU GET TO A POINT WHERE THE WORD YOU WANT IS ALWAYS THE FIRST LISTED (sometimes the second)!!!!

    This was a GAOTD offer, and many people criticized the program without bothering to check out the option settings. So the things that bothered them were actually easily solvable.

    In any case, regarding this thread, it is great and simple for multiple-copy-pastes….

    Janet

  18. Rob

    Sue,
    What is an emac ?
    Is it an application, or a special version of a Mac (presumably you are running Windows on it ?)
    Surely if it is a computer (Mac’s emac), you can turn off that feature. I find it hard to believe that programs would clobber what I had put on the clipboard ? ?

    I have taken Robert’s suggestion and downloaded ClipMagic (free for personal use).
    It has Rules that can be set, and may assist you Sue ?

    I like the internal browser, as sometimes I would like to fire up a browser, without a massive memory hit (My Firefox, Opera, IE7 are all loaded with many Tabs, awaiting me to do something with them).
    That internal browser has a setting to ensure that clicked links do not fire up your default browser (that is good).
    You can also make the browser full screen with F11 (that is good).
    Haven’t tried pasting from it yet, but the week is young.

    Rob

  19. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    If it makes you feel better you aren’t the only one who reformatted the same computer multiple times… if you get what I mean :D

    Grats on the graduation. I hope the pay is good.

  20. reghakr

    Thanks,

    They are awesome, aren’t they?!

    Been OK, very busy though. Some computer genius I am….I had to reformat 3 of my PC’s multiple times. I have an issue with Windows7 and “disappearing” files.

    I lost all e-mail contacts, my master password file, thousands of pictures, videos, and mp3′s as well as all the programs I paid for.

    I graduated and am now doing some limited forensic consulting. Love it!

    I’ll try to come back more often.

  21. reghakr

    Hey Ashraf,

    It’s been a while, hope you’re doing well.

    I paid for a version of a program called Clipmate. Use it everyday, runs at startup.

    I just downloaded Clipboardic today even before your review.

    I installed it on another machine and works great!

    Just to let your readers know, the site where Clipboardic is located has a very large number of useful utilities, however your Anti-Virus software may throw up a bunch of flags for Trojans but these are false positives.

    I use their utilities for forensic investigation. Their site is located here:

    http://www.nirsoft.net/

    Take care Buddy

  22. Ashraf

    Mr. Lee,
    ClipX is 4 years old O_O. That being said I didn’t download it yet.

    Pawel,
    Apologies. I will control my self now :).

    Andybandy,
    Um I googled Spartan Clipboard and it costs $19.95 per license. Are we talking about the same software?

  23. Mr. Lee

    Sunday, April 19, 2009 – 4:50AM-EST

    Hello Ashraf,

    I have tried many of these programs over the years and have found ClipX to be the most reliable and most configurable. Give it a try.

    Mr. Lee

  24. Rob

    Thanks Ashraf,
    I still recommend using Trayit, as all I have to do to show Clipboardic, is click the systray icon.
    Then to hide it again, I can either -
    - Click the systray icon,
    or
    Click the Taskbar ‘button’ (which is visible, whenever Clipboardic is showing)

    Regards,
    Rob
    PS Trayit can also be used for other programs that lack the systray option.

  25. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Rob,

    You have to hit “X”, i.e. close the program window, to make it minimize to system tray (after you have the option to make it appear in tray checked) – minimizing the window will not do it.

  26. Rob

    Me again.
    I notice that it does not minimize to the systray.
    It has an option to place an icon in the tray, but what it should do is then use the tray INSTEAD of using up space on the windows Taskbar.
    Unfortunately, it does both.
    Here is my suggestion. Download -
    http://www.teamcti.com/trayit/trayit.htm
    That FREE program allows you to tell any program that it should minimize into systray INSTEAD of having a ‘button’ in the Taskbar.
    I turned off Clipboardic’s option for sysytray, and then told Trayit to do what I want.
    Works fine (no Taskbar ‘button’ when it is minimized)
    HTH others,
    Rob

  27. Rob

    Hi Ashraf,
    Haven’t checked out your recommendation yet, but I surely will.
    (Love the no installation)

    Regarding the auto start with Windows -
    In XP, you can create a shortcut for the exe, and place it into the
    Start Menu / Programs / Startup
    folder.

    Regards,
    Rob

  28. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Not sure about ClipMagic, but Clipboardic can’t. I think I am going to create a list to desired featured and email them to Nirsoft; Clipboardic is a fairly new app so there is a lot of room for improvement.

  29. Sue D. Nymme

    Every clipboard manger I’ve used has failed utterly because of one thing: I use emacs. A lot. And emacs puts TONS of things into the clipboard (like almost every time you delete anything). This is very handy for when you’re in emacs; it’s kind of central to how the editor works. But clipboard managers get all gummed up because they store it all, and the things you wanted to keep track of get buried under tons of little snippets of text.

    What I’d like to see is a clipboard manager that allows you to exclude tracking clipboard activity from a specified list of programs.

    Do you happen to know if Clipboardic or Clip Magic have this feature?

    Thanks….

  30. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Robert,

    As per your suggestion I just gave ClipMagic a quick overview. No doubt it is a good program and it does have quite a few “bells and whistles” features that Clipboardic does not, but I find Clipboardic to be a hell lot more simple and straightforward (plus Clipboardic is standalone so no installation is needed while you do need to install ClipMagic).

    Also, I don’t think ClipMagic has the ability to share clipboard data over networks does it? Or did I miss it?

  31. Robert

    Read your clipboard artical and thought I’d share this one with you. It is now free for personal use. It even will remember URL’S and file paths from copy location. I’ve tried about 10 or more and this one is the best. Even has a built in browser contained within the app itself for quick lookup and linking. http://www.clipmagic.com/