A Clipboard Manager for Windows?

Along with “Paste”, “Copy” is one of the keyboard shortcuts I use the most. I find myself sometimes re-using the same lines of code or CSS, and pasting them in a notepad document for quick access.

There has to be a better way. I know Office has tried (and failed as far as I know), to create a clipboard manager that allowed you to store and retrieve several items. Now I’m looking for something that’s easy to use, and works globally in Windows. Your advice is welcome.

Update: CLCL does everything I need! My warmest recommendations. I use ALT + V as my manager shortcut.

16 thoughts on “A Clipboard Manager for Windows?”

  1. Jonas Rabbe says:

    I have a tool here at work that overode the ctrl-Z shortcut. It wasn’t destructive when I forgot, but it was a hassle to have to select undo from the menu each time. Now I’ve fortunately found out how to change the shortcut.

    Just an unrelated story from the real world. 😉

  2. Joen says:

    Unrelated stories are welcome here at Noscope. Please keep them coming.

    In another unrelated story, I’m totally and utterly tired today. Completely wasted.

  3. Jonas Rabbe says:

    In another unrelated story, I?m totally and utterly tired today. Completely wasted.

    I don’t know if it’s unrelated since I’m also completely busted. I’ve had no energy all day, and it’s only gotten worse.

    I felt pretty good yesterday, except that I fell asleep between Dyb?lsbro and Sydhavn on my way to work. Fortunately, I woke up before I got to Sj?l?r so I was only delayed 5 minutes, but it was a totally sureal experience.

  4. Just for reference, on OS X Quicksilver can do all of this.

  5. Joen says:

    Just for reference, on OS X Quicksilver can do all of this.

    Dammit! I knew there was an elegant solution for OSX. Is there a Quicksilver for Windows?

  6. Levi says:

    Dammit! I knew there was an elegant solution for OSX.

    There always is. I wish OSX was more like Widnows and Windows more like OSX. Dammit!

    I hope you find something, I’d be interested too!

  7. Well, there used to be Yankee Clipper, but it has become quite bloated and payware. Version 3 is always available, though, and still freeware.

    Then, there’s HovText , but I didn’t get to play around seriously with it yet.

    Quicksliver for Windows, now, that would be something! Using a variety of platforms, it is the utility I miss most while not on OS X. But nothing has emerged yet, AFAIK. Well, we can’t always have all the fun, can we? 😉

  8. Joen says:

    While ugly as an airport, Yankee Clipper seems to do the job just fine!

    CTRL + ALT + V shows a context menu with clipboard history. Perfect!

    10 points to Mr. Serge. Thanks a lot.

    Edit: Oh by the way, I tried HovText… it seems the only purpose of that app was to strip textual formatting from text copies to clipboards…

  9. Happy to help! And I agree, it’s ugly…

    I’m sure there where a couple other utilities back in the days. I’ll have to dig in some old hard drives, though. I’ll keep you posted.

  10. Nik says:


    I’ve been using Quicksilver for a while now, but am sure there’s some tricks I haven’t discovered yet, how about a mini write up from a users perspective? What you use it for etc.. shortcuts you’ve learnt, etc… I still find it more useful than Spotlight.

    Joen, sorry for going off-topic… 🙂

  11. Joen says:

    Joen, sorry for going off-topic… 🙂

    No worries… if this topic can help a few mac users then fine 🙂

  12. Nik, I’ll see if I can’t throw something together.

  13. Nik says:

    Awesome! Cheers Michael, look forward to it.

  14. Also worth mentioning is shadowClipboard, though again for OS X.

  15. Rich says:

    I know this is an older topic, but I found it as I did a search for a Windows version of QuickSilver, and I thought I’d let you know what I found.

    There’s an app for Windows called PC-Con that is supposedly like QuickSilver, and in some ways a little more powerful. I haven’t used it myself, but I just thought I’d throw it out there. One website that talked about it was here: BlueSkyOnMars (see the article kinkless gtd now even smoother with quicksilver for comments. The article isn’t very useful.)

    Also, there’s a fairly nice application for clipboard management called CLCL. You can get it here: Nakka.com . It’s very useful, and seems rather easy to use! I’ve used it many times since I got it a couple of weeks ago, as a developer it’s great!

  16. Joen says:

    Rich, thanks so much for that wonderful link! CLCL from Nakka.com is most definitely the best choice yet. It does everything I want it to. Fantastic!

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