If you do much on computers and don’t have a clipboard manager, you must drive yourself nuts on a regular basis. For those who don’t know, a clipboard manager is a simple little program that saves everything you copy to the clipboard in its own files. Then when you need your clipping, you click on a little icon in the system tray, and a panel pops up with the first several words of the clip. Clicking on that transfers the clip back to the clipboard, and you paste as usual.
Why? If you’ve ever written something, be it email, blog or text document, that required transferring several blocks of text or URLs from a Web page to your composition, you know why. If you’ve ever copied something, intending to use it later, then forgotten, copied something else, and wiped it from the clipboard, you know why. If you’ve never done any of those things, you may not need a clipboard manager at the moment, but you will eventually. Count on it.
I’ve used several over the years. My absolute favorite is called Memorizer, from a little company in Europe. It’s clean, idiot-proof (or nearly so) — and for pre-Windows 7 only. Since it hasn’t been updated in about four years, I see little chance of it ever being W7 compatible, and I haven’t been able to get it to run in compatibility mode. Bummer, because it would copy and retain just about anything, including images.
So I switched to an open-source application called “Ditto.” I like it a lot, but the system it uses is more complicated than I need. It’s a good one, though, and I recommend it. However, it produces only .txt files, and loses any formatting that existed in the original…nor will it do images. For that level of functionality, a complicated system is totally unnecessary.
ClipCube is a tiny clipboard history tool under development for Windows: it sits in the system tray, recording copied text for later use. Allows viewing saved items and re-copying them to the clipboard. It has an easy interface, and fits in a pocket: a self-contained program that does not need installation.”
That pretty much covers it. Copy it, and it’s there when you need it, text only, but that’s sufficient for most stuff. On the rare occasions when you need to transfer an image instead of downloading it, just remember to do it before you copy anything else. You can “pin” things that you don’t want to lose, and set the app to keep everything until closing, for a week, for a month, or indefinitely.
And, since it’s self-contained, all you need to do is drag the extracted file to your Portable Apps folder (if you use PApps), and it’s installed and ready to run from there.