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Store Multiple Items to Clipboard in Windows

The clipboard in Windows only holds one item at a time and can be frustrating if you are working with multiple items. Clipboard Manager lets you store multiple items and access them as needed.

Using Clipboard Manager

The program comes in a portable format…simply unzip the zip file and add the ClipMan folder to Program Files. Create a shortcut and you are ready to go (link below).


The context menu for Clipboard Manager is short and easy to work with.


You can access the clipboard list by clicking on the system tray icon or using the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + S).

Note: You will need to set the system tray icon to always show if you prefer clicking on the icon for access.


As you copy items to your regular clipboard each new item replaces the previous one, but Clipboard Manager saves them all back for you to access later as shown here. The item in the #1 position will be the one that is currently active in the regular Windows clipboard.


Each item can be worked with using a context menu. Notice the Send to Clipboard command…select this to enter a previously copied item back to the regular Windows clipboard for use in other apps.


If needed you can even do some quick editing to images stored in Clipboard Manager.


Images will be opened in a new window as shown here.


After moving the image shown above back to the regular Windows clipboard it was easy to paste it into a different app.


The options are really simple and straightforward…you can make changes to clip window transparency, hotkeys, starting up with Windows, and more.



If you need to store multiple clipboard items for use in other apps then you may want to take a good look at Clipboard Manager.


Download Clipboard Manager

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 06/22/10

Comments (9)

  1. Matt

    Ctrl+S is an awful shortcut to use, since it’s so widely used for “Save” in applications.

  2. JohnA

    Hmmm … It seems to me that WinXP had this some years ago. Wonder what happened to it?

  3. Gaiko

    Hmmmm, how does this compare to Ditto? I have been using Ditto for years and it has sufficed, lots of features but if this prog is faster (ditto is a bit slow) then i’d be willing to change.

  4. harry

    On my win7 computer this program seems to lose the text I have saved to it ..Obviously I have some setting wrong but I can’t seem to find it …This happens after reboots

  5. DuckBill

    Thank you for this amazing, simple, free clipboard manager program. It is already making my life easier! I have tried Ditto in the past, however for on-screen menu simplicity this program is much better.

  6. Nakean

    I’m a little weary as well as I don’t want to accidentally over-right existing files in programs such as photoshop and such.

  7. Earl S

    Re: John A —- WindowsXP supported a very neat program that fit the bill : Cliptrakker

    It seems to have disappeared; not available now. Bought out for control?

  8. Boris

    @Matt and @ Nakean

    The last screen shot clearly shows that you can change the shortcut to being something other than CTRL-S.

    (Matt – I realize that it’s been more than a year since you posted your comment…)

  9. szerencsefia

    I am getting an error message while trying to copy bitmap. The message is “Error in retrieving the data from the clipboard”.

    System: Win7 64-bit Home Premium

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