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The Best Clipboard Applications

The Best Clipboard Applications

Expand Your Copy And Paste Options....

The Windows copy and paste feature (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V respectively) is a great feature that can easily be modified. Using one of numerous applications, you will be able to copy and paste multiple items to a clipboard, plus much more.

Lets take a look at some of the best apps to aid your cutting and pasting habits.


“ClipX is a tiny clipboard history manager. It is sweet, it is free, use it.”


This application really is ‘tiny’, only 260KB without any clipboard entries. ClipX can handle up to 1,024 entries displayed on single clipboard. It supports images, plain text and file paths, and the latest beta version is available in 64-bit and can be expanded with plug-ins.

M8 Free Multi Clipboard

“M8 is the simplest of all multi-clipboard programs. Just have it running minimized and it captures everything you cut or copy from other programs.”

M8 Free Multi Clipboard

Another simple clipboard tool capable of expanding them amount of items you can select. M8 Multi Clipboard also double as a good screen capture tool, being able to cop the whole screen, or just an active window.


“This small tool allows to save several values of text in clipboard and paste them.”


Extremely simple to use, CopyPasteTool uses standard keys for copying. Hold down Ctrl whilst hitting V will cycle you through previous clipboard entries.

Oscar’s MiniCLIP

“MiniCLIP will remember every text or link you copied to clipboard and you can return to it later, even after many days. It does this in a most elegant way and also tens of other things.”

Oscars MiniClip

This great application come with some useful features including a floating task bar, a good search function, drag and drop, customizable settings, as well as autofocus – a setting that automatically switches back to the window in use after a clipboard item has been selected, thus saving an extra click of the mouse.


“Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, custom formats, …..”

Ditto Clipboard Manager

Ditto’s unique feature is its ability to share clipboard info over a network (data is encrypted). It has a built-in thumbnail previewer and also comes in a portable version for USB drives.

Phrase Express

A clipboard, phrase manager, and spell-checker, all in one….

“PhraseExpress manages your frequently used text snippets in customizable categories for quick access.”


This comprehensive applications comes with a host of features including Autotext, predicts words and full phrases as you type; Auto Complete, recognizes repetitive text input automatically and offers auto-complete on the fly; Spell Checking; Clipboard Manager; and a Program Launcher, start applications using words.

Phrase Express is also available in a ‘portable’ version, which can be stored and launched from a USB drive.


Another clipboard manager with a difference…

“AccelMan is a multi-window file manager incorporating a file viewer, GUI console, media player, and bookmarks manager. In AccelMan you are not restricted to an obsolete dual-pane file manager interface – you can open as many managers as you wish and freely organize your environment on the AccelMan desktop.”


As well as playing music, managing your files and organizing your bookmarks, AccelClip’s clipboard tool supports lots of files, is able to copy fragments of text and graphics, and can also organize your favorite clipboard items into folders or standalone files.

RKG Duck

“RKG Duck is a free tool which applies a Perl filter to the Windows clipboard.
Because the clipboard works within and between nearly every Windows application, RKG Duck lets you transform data within Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Notepad, etc. with ease.”

RKG Duck

By utilizing PERL filters, RKG Duck is able to convert everything from upper to lower case or vice versa, extract URLs, etc, etc.


“ArsClip is a FREE (freeware) utility for the windows clipboard. ArsClip monitors the clipboard and keeps track of the entries. Press a configurable hotkey and select an item (or items) to quickly paste into a program.”


– Multiple permanent items groups
– Picture, RichText, File Copy, Unicode, HTML support
– Keypress emulation
– Form Mode for pasting multiple fields
– Highly configurable

ArsClip comes packed with features for your copy and pasting needs. It handles a large variety of formats including plain text, rich text, html, and non-text items.


“HovText is a small freeware and open source Windows application that removes any formatting from the clipboard and it also works as a simple clipboard.”


Primarily designed to remove formating from copied text, HovText works great as a simple clipboard manager. It can only copy 10 items at a time, but it will also strip these items of any HTML codes that may be included.

Xteq URL Bandit

“Xteq URL Bandit is a little program that monitors your clipboard and catches all URLs it finds. These URL are saved so you can later easily access them and don’t lose them when you turn your computer off.”

Xtex URL Bandit

This tool monitors your clipboard and saves all URLs that have been copied. “For example, if you copy a 1 MB text file with 200 URLs to the clipboard, URL Bandit will extract all 200 URLs.”

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  1. Thanks for this excellent article. After reading many clipboard application reviews, I feel this is one of the best. I’m currently evaluating Phrase Express and really like it so far. You mention a few–such as RKG Duck and Xteq URL Bandit–that I had not seen anywhere else.

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