Windows Clipboard Tools


Yesterday I was helping a friend find a good way to extend the Windows clipboard, especially at the command line. I am happy to say that 5 people quickly responded with 4 different suggestions. These all look like great utilities too! However, nobody ever said if these tools help you out from the command-line or not. But, here they are, along with who suggested them.

  1. ClipMate: http://www.clipmate.com – suggested by Tarun Jain, then again by Adwait Ullal. This tool holds thousands of “clips” and does quite a bit more.
  2. Shell Toys XP: http://www.shelltoysxp.com/ – suggested by Christopher Andersson. This contains an extended clipboard utility, plus quite a bit more.  
  3. Yankee Clipper: http://www.yankee-clipper.net/index.html – suggested by Steve Perry. This tool is a Windows clipboard extender.
  4. CLCL: http://www.nakka.com/soft/clcl/index_eng.html – suggested by Alex Chernjayeff. This is a clipboard caching utility.

Thanks to all of you who suggested these great tools, and thanks to the developers of these tools!

Now if we can only get Matt to let us know which ones work best for him. hint, hint, hint.

Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous says:

    I use CLCL at work and at home — it’s not accessible (that I know of) from the command line, but it’s very stable and the menu system is fully customizable and highly extensible (through additional programs or CLCL’s C++ plugin interface).

  2. Anonymous says:

    what about ClipX ( http://bluemars.org/clipx/ )

  3. Anonymous says:

    These all look pretty cool. Too bad I am swamped till tomorrow afternoon with a roadmap preso. I will try them after thats done.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I use ClipX too, it’s great.. don’t know how it compares to those other ones tho, but it suits my needs very well.

  5. Anonymous says:

    CLCL seems to be exactly what I was looking for. I tried Shell Toys XP and while it has a clipboard management tool, it also has a boatload of other stuff. I just want the clipboard tool. Plus ShellToysXP is very slow, taking about 2 seconds for the clipboard+ tool to show up. CLCL comes up in about a third of a second. ClipX seems to do just as well, but since I tried CLCL first, I might stick with it.