Copy Command Line Outputs Directly To The Clipboard

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 2, 2008
Updated • Oct 7, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

If you regularly save command line output into text files to process the output further or for record keeping, you might like a solution that copies the output directly to the clipboard to process it even faster this way. One of the best places to find tiny but useful applications is the Donation Coder forum. ClipCopy is a free program I found there that you can use to copy command line output directly to the Windows Clipboard.

ClipCopy is a portable software for the command line that can easily be used to copy output directly to the Windows clipboard. The easiest way to use the software is by appending it to the command that you want to run. To copy the output with Clipcopy one would simply use the command dir | clipcopy.

The output size is not limited at all, which means that it can copy large amounts of data to the Windows clipboard easily. The command will not echo the dir command in the command line. Clipcopy provides an option to do both. This is done by appending the -e parameter to the command. The full command would be dir | clipcopy -e for that.

It is also possible to output clipboard contents to the command line with clipcopy -g which can also be combined with the command to output the clipboard to a file with clipcopy -g > file.txt.

Lastly there is the option to output text to the clipboard with clipcopy text, e.g. clipcopy this is the string that is copied to the clipboard.

If you need to display the available commands, use the clipcopy -h command to do so. This displays all the available options that are at your disposal.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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