Extend the Windows Clipboard

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 28, 2008
Updated • May 28, 2015

The Windows clipboard is limited to a single reference which means that it is overwritten each time you copy text, images or other data to the clipboard.

While that may be sufficient for many use cases, it is limiting for others. For instance, if you want to copy the title of this page and its url, you would have to perform two copy and paste operations to do so in the form copy title > paste title > copy url > paste url. Not that user friendly as you may have to switch between programs to do so.

That's one reason why third-party clipboard managers are available. Clipdiary, which was mentioned at Tech Yard, is such a program.

It enhances the clipboard functionality of the Windows Clipboard in several ways. While it works just like the original when it comes to copying information to the clipboard, it is using storage to store more than one entry.

This means that you can copy as many as 3000 different entries to the clipboard and access them later on using the application without losing any of the copied entries.

The default limit is set to 3000 but you may change that to another number if you like. Remember that information are saved permanently by the program until the limit is reached, or entries are deleted by you manually.

The keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-c and Ctrl-v work in the program so that you don't have to learn new shortcuts. Ctrl-v pastes the last saved entry automatically and if you want to paste older entries you can use Ctrl-d to bring up the application interface and copy those from there.

The latter is a bit cumbersome; options to paste the last ten or so entries using shortcuts would be quite handy as they would improve the program's usability.

The main program interface supports search which is necessary considering that you may store thousands of entries in the program's database. You may also enable advanced search which adds a format option to the search so that only pictures, plain text or file lists are returned by it.

Update: Clipdiary is no longer available as a free application. A personal license is available for $19.99. Check out the free alternatives Clipjump or Clipboard Help+Spell instead.

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  1. jojo said on January 29, 2008 at 11:05 am

    test post

    OK much better. Took only 6.7 secs to make the post! Hope this holds up.

    Hop IP Address Host Name Sent Recv RTT Av RTT Min RTT Max RTT % Loss

    4 bb1-10g2-0.snfcca.sbcglobal.net 1 1 16 ms 16 ms 16 ms 16 ms 0.000%
    5 [Unknown] 1 1 16 ms 16 ms 16 ms 16 ms 0.000%
    6 [Unknown] 1 1 16 ms 16 ms 16 ms 16 ms 0.000%
    7 [Unknown] 1 1 63 ms 63 ms 63 ms 63 ms 0.000%
    8 te-2-2.bb-b.hs.mkc.us.oneandone.net 1 1 63 ms 63 ms 63 ms 63 ms 0.000%
    9 te-2-1.bb-b.slr.lxa.us.oneandone.net 1 1 79 ms 79 ms 79 ms 79 ms 0.000%
    10 te-1-2.gw-dists-r5-a.slr.lxa.oneandone.net 1 1 110 ms 110 ms 110 ms 110 ms 0.000%
    11 vl-987.gw-ps2.slr.lxa.oneandone.net 1 1 79 ms 79 ms 79 ms 79 ms 0.000%
    12 perfora.net 1 1 79 ms 79 ms 79 ms 79 ms 0.000%

  2. Martin said on January 29, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Jojo can you do me a favor and try again, I made some changes.

  3. jojo said on January 28, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Martin – It took me 45 seconds to do this post from when I clicked submit. I have mentioned how slow your site is before. Are others experiencing this slowness also? If so, it could affect whether people want to post to your site.

    Here is the tracerout I ran:
    Hop IP Address Host Name Sent Recv RTT Av RTT Min RTT Max RTT % Loss

    5 ex2-p10-0.eqsjca.sbcglobal.net 1 1 15 ms 15 ms 15 ms 15 ms 0.000%
    6 so-0-1-2.sjc11.ip.tiscali.net 1 1 15 ms 15 ms 15 ms 15 ms 0.000%
    7 xe-0-0-0.fra20.ip.tiscali.net 1 1 172 ms 172 ms 172 ms 172 ms 0.000%
    8 hetzner-gw.ip.tiscali.net 1 1 172 ms 172 ms 172 ms 172 ms 0.000%
    9 hos-bb1.juniper2.rz8.hetzner.de 1 1 187 ms 187 ms 187 ms 187 ms 0.000%
    10 gi.4.1.rs3k4.rz8.hetzner.de 1 1 187 ms 187 ms 187 ms 187 ms 0.000%
    11 static. 1 1 187 ms 187 ms 187 ms 187 ms 0.000%

    It looks slow on your end. Maybe you need a new host?

  4. jojo said on January 28, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I tried to use Evernote in the past. Man, that was a mish-mash of an application that made no logical sense!

    The thing I dislike about many sourceforge apps is that they are poorly documented. Help files are minimal, if they exist at all. Screenshots are sparse, if they exist at all. I looked at the the Ditto app and it seems pretty basic. But without installing it, there isn’t any way to really figure out the total functionality.

  5. Mex said on January 28, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Since Opera can’t run either Surfulator or Evernote, I have it save .TXT and pictures with good old (free) Yankee Clipper, and use Firefox for serious clipping.
    For most offline use, Polyedit quickly replaced Notepad, Wordpad and the Clipboard.

  6. Yaron said on January 28, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Another vote for Ditto. Hotkeys, can deal (and be configured which ones to keep) with multiple data formats, you can edit clipped text, search clipped text, configure history by either count or size, permanent items, folders, etc.
    The only problem I have with it is not having the ability to exclude copied data from specific programs (e.g. password manager) from the history, but since it does allow to selectively erase items from the history it’s more an annoyance than a huge problem.

  7. R. Prabhu said on January 28, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I use Ditto from http://ditto-cp.sourceforge.net/ more features and versatile with hotkeys etc

  8. jojo said on January 28, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Ha! 3000 clips is way too many?

    But I have 3477 clips totaling 18.4mb in my clipboard program.

    I use Clipmate (http://www.thornsoft.com), the best program of this type that I have tried. It isn’t free though.

    I can’t see how anyone can function without a program like this. Anytime I want to copy something form a webpage, I just grab it. It even remembers what URL the clip came from so I can return. It doesn’t lose the clip if I reboot either (or if the system crashes).

  9. Roman ShaRP said on January 28, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I use Charu3 less known clipboard extender.

    It has plenty of features:
    – stock mode “copy n items and paste n items”
    – folders
    – permanent items
    – history (you can define size of it)
    – hotkeys
    – macro (date-time, text in clipboard, text selected)
    – plugins (replace plugin, for example may be used for quoting)

    It lacks rich text or image support, but I don’t need it anyway.

    Drawback – it got some bugs and don’t on good terms with some apps. But it proves itself VERY useful. I use it for 5 years.

    http://keiziweb.com/down/c3070607u_E.zip if you interested.

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