Clipboard Fusion

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 26, 2008
Updated • Mar 27, 2017

Clipboard Fusion is a powerful program for Windows that enhances the default Windows Clipboard functionality in several ways.

The creator of the well acclaimed Display Fusion has created a new application called Clipboard Fusion which monitors the clipboard, keeps a history of clipboard items, and supports other interesting options such as macros, replacing text with strings, or removing text formatting.

When you normally copy text from a website to an email or Rich Text Editor, all the formatting is still copied along with the text to the destination. I always copied the text to Notepad first and then to the destination if I wanted to get rid of the formatting, because removing it from the destination after pasting would simply take to much time.

Note: Some programs, Firefox and Thunderbird for instance, enable you to paste without formatting using a keyboard shortcut.

Clipboard Fusion

If Clipboard Fusion is running the, formatting will be removed automatically as it is set up this way.  Optionally, all html tags can be removed as well which is great if you want to copy text from source files without the html tags.

The second feature of Clipboard Fusion deserves some praise as well. A small popup appears in the right lower corner of the screen whenever you copy an image. The popup offers a preview of the image, and it is possible to save it from there directly without having to paste it into an image viewer or editor first.

One of the strengths of Clipboard Fusion is that it ships with a lot of customization options. If you want the clipboard to retain the formatting for instance, you simply disable the option to strip the formatting automatically. There is also a useful option to enable stripping of content only when you double-copy content. If you copy it once, formatting is retained, but if you copy it twice in succession, the formatting is removed. You may scrub text manually as well if you prefer it this way.

As you can see on the screenshot above, there are loads of text scrubbing options in the settings. Another useful feature is text replace, which Clipboard Fusion supports as well.

Text replace is run when the copied text is scrubbed by the program. Simply add text that you want replaced, and the new text in the settings, and watch Clipboard Fusion replace the selected text whenever it finds it.

Even more powerful is support for macros. You need to know C# for that, or download some of the existing macros from other users of the program or the author instead.

Macros exist for all sorts of options, for instance to clear the clipboard, convert text to lower case, remove duplicates from a list, encode text, run searches using the copied text on various search engines, and a lot more.

Other options of interest include adding programs to the ignore list, having the program erase the clipboard content automatically, or adding hotkeys for various options.

The Pro version of Clipboard Fusion supports Clipboard syncing on top of that. This syncs the data between devices that you run the program on.

Clipboard Syncing is the main feature that the free version of Clipboard Fusion does not support. The other restriction is that it is only free for personal usage.

Closing words

Clipboard Fusion is a powerful clipboard manager for Microsoft Windows devices. The free version offers the same feature set as the Pro version with the exception of the sync functionality.

The program is not the lightest clipboard manager around, as it used about 40 Megabytes while running in the background on a 64-bit test system.

Now You: Do you use programs to extend the functionality of the Windows Clipboard?

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

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