Clipboard Help+Spell, Powerful Windows Clipboard Manager

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 2, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

There is definitely no shortage of third party clipboard managers for the Windows operating system. One of the reasons for this is the limited nature of the default system clipboard feature which can only store one item at a time. This means a lot of juggling back and forth if you need to copy multiple items from one application to another. The Windows Clipboard does not support persistent clipboard items as well.

Clipboard Help+Spell is a Donation Coder application. This means that it is free for personal use and well designed. The program might intimidate inexperienced users as it offers a wealth of features and options.

The basics however remain the same. Windows users can still use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-c and Ctrl-v, or the right-click menu items, to copy and paste items to the clipboard. Clipboard Help+Spell remembers all items that get copied to the Clipboard, unlike the Windows Clipboard which flushes out the old entry once a new is stored.

The new shortcut Ctrl-Alt-q displays a selection menu to paste a previous clipboard entry into the current application.

The last items saved to the clipboard are displayed on top. But Clipboard Help+Spell does not stop there. Lets take a look at the other options of the menu.

  • Favorite Clips - It is possible to create permanent entries, like contact information, signature or a sentence that are often used.
  • Time / Date TextClips - Paste various time and date formats into the active application
  • Stack Operations - The stack system can be used to copy multiple items to one stack, to paste them at once after the copy operation into another application.
  • Formatting Presets - Change the text formatting, for instance dashes to tabs or trim line break.
  • All Clips - Displays all clipboard entries.

The main program window is customizable. It displays a tree structure on the left side, the selected contents on the right and a log at the bottom.

Here it is possible to modify specific clipboard entries. The entries can be modified manually which works the same way as in a plain text editor like Notepad. There are also options to spell check or change the format or case of the selected text.

New entries can be created in all available groups, for instance in the favorites which become then permanently available in the selection menu.

A search filter at the bottom can be used to find specific entries quickly. Other options include deleting clips or sending them to the printer.

Clipboard Help and Spell supports Virtual Folders. Two are configured by default with options to add custom ones to the mix. The program will automatically put all web addresses and images into those two virtual folders, completely independent from the actual clipboard entry.

This is great if you want to look-up an url quickly without going through all clipboard items to find it. Virtual folders tap right into the program database. The help file offers some configuration instructions.

The program ships with loads of options. From configuring different hotkeys to trigger the clipboard functionality over backup and maintenance to the layout and design of the Quick Paste menu.

Clipboard Help+Spell is a well designed clipboard manager for the Windows operating system. Interested users can download it from the program page over at the Donation Coder website. The software supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system.

There is a video tutorial available which explains the basics and advanced features.


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  1. John Roberts said on December 27, 2020 at 8:22 am

    I find Clipboard usefull. Is it possible to have it minimize to the task bar instead of the system tray?

  2. Clairvaux said on October 31, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    This is way too complex for such a simple function. Cut and paste needs just to just happen, without you even noticing. Sure, one can devise tons of functions, but that’s being wise-ass, not being helpful.

    I have tried plenty of clipboard managers, and found no one good enough. There’s always something wrong. Not marginally wrong, not something that is lacking but can be missed, not something that could be done better, no : fundamentally wrong. It’s strange how such a simple need can be so badly understood by scores and scores of developers.

    I mean, just consider this sentence : “The new shortcut Ctrl-Alt-q displays a selection menu to paste a previous clipboard entry into the current application.” A shortcut Ctrl-Alt-q ? How on earth is anybody going to remember this ? You need to press three different keys to make a selection menu appear, just to paste a previous clipboard entry into the current application ? Which is the most basic thing one wants to do with a clipboard manager ?

  3. Alex said on May 6, 2015 at 6:12 am

    No unicode, pretty useless.

  4. gordon said on September 12, 2013 at 11:22 am
  5. Yoav said on September 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

    This was extremely frustrating to use.

  6. wangxy said on August 8, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I only need my clipboard manager to handle 2 extra things: multiple clips and unformatted text paste with keyboard shortcut. So TenClips is my favorite program. Lightweight and handy.

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