Ever wanted to retrieve something you copied to the clipboard, but it's now gone since you copied something else? Well, how about having a history of your clippings. This is possible in most office products, however the clipboard manager can be rather cumbersome. Plus, it's nice to have a clipboard history that works all through your Windows sessions.
Here comes ClipX to the rescue. What is ClipX you ask, well, it's a clipboard history manager. I think I mentioned that above. Martin's talking in circles. Why not.
Anyway, let me show you how it works.
First, we need to download and install this application.
You can find it at the following link:
I would suggest downloading the beta version of the application. Despite the warnings, I have used this application for over 2 years now, without any adverse affects to my PC, or my health. Did I mention that it's free; well within my geeky budget.
To download the software, press SHIFT+ENTER on the link so that your web browser doesn't complain to you. Choose "save" or "run" and proceed with the install. The 32 bit version will work on all versions of Windows, including Windows 7. There is a 64 bit version for the Windows techies amongst or midst.
Setting up the software:
Once installed, you should have a ClipX Icon in the system tray. To quickly get to the system tray, press WINDOWS+B.
Now, the icon can be a bit tricky to find. It changes every time you copy something to the clipboard. So navigate through the system tray with the ARROW keys and find this sneaky icon. Press the APPLICATIONS key, which is the third key to the right of the spacebar on most desktop keyboards. Press the DOWN ARROW until you find configure and press ENTER.
The first thing you land on is the General options window. You can navigate through the options with the TAB and SHIFT+TAB keys.
I cranked my clipboard history to 50 instead of the default 25. I also made sure that the "run ClipX on Startup", is checked. Finally, I made sure that the "Show icon in system tray", is also checked. The rest, you can customize to your liking.
Once you get back to the general tab, press DOWN ARROW. This will automatically bring you to the first option within the ClipX shortcuts.
This is the "Paste Primary menu" shortcut. Hold on, I'll explain. When this key combination is pressed, you are presented with all of the clipboard history. In my particular situation, I get a list of my last 50 clipboard entries. So, I press this key, use my Arrow keys to choose the entry I want, press ENTER and the entry is pasted at my cursor location.
So choose the key combination that you want by pressing it, or just leave it at WINDOWS+V.
TAB through the other keyboard shortcuts to see other bells and whistles. One in particular is the Google Search shortcut. This will take whatever you have in your current clipboard, launch your web browser and do a search on that item. Pretty snazzy eh.
There are other options within the setup tabs, including plug-ins and the like which I will let you investigate on your own.
Once you're done, TAB to the "OK" button and press ENTER. Your system is now set up to run with ClipX.
Once you've used this utility for a while, you'll wonder how you survived without it. Hmm, okay, maybe that's a bit strong, but I do find it useful.
General Cut and Paste Keys:
SHIFT+LEFT or RIGHTARROW: select a character.
SHIFT+CONTROL+LEFT or RIGHTARROW: select a word,
SHIFT+UP or DOWNARROW: Select a line.
SHIFT+HOME: select from cursor to start of line,
SHIFT+END: select from cursor to end of line,
SHIFT+CONTROL+HOME: select from cursor to top of document,
SHIFT+CONTROL+END: select from cursor to end of document,
SHIFT+PAGEUP or PAGEDOWN: select a page of text,
CONTROL+A: select all,
CONTROL+C: copy to clipboard,
CONTROL+X: cut to clipboard,
CONTROL+V: paste clipboard.