With Microsoft Office you can turn on the ability to copy multiple items to the MS Office clipboard so you would sort of assume that the same functionality would be built into Windows however this is not the case. I rarely need to copy multiple items and have access to them immediately and when I do I typically just copy them into Notepad++ or Evernote and then access them in either place whenever I need them. I wanted to try having the ability to use the Windows clipboard to have immediate access to multiple items and that is how I ran across WinKlipper which is an free open source application that allows you to do just that. Below I explain how to get WinKlipper, how to install WinKlipper on Windows 7, and the basics of the WinKlipper configuration.
Turn The Windows 7 Clipboard Into A Clipboard That Stores Multiple Items:
- Download WinKlipper: The latest version of WinKlipper is version 1.5 and is available for download from Sourceforge by clicking here. Once on the WinKlipper Sourceforge page click the green “Download Now” button to download the latest WinKlipper version. The file downloaded will be named something similar to winklipper-1.5-bin.zip.
- Extract WinKlipper Application: Now right click on the winklipper-1.5-bin.zip file and select Extract Here to extract the WinKlipper executable file called winklipper.exe as shown in the below image.
- Create WinKlipper Folder: WinKlipper doesn’t install as an application but will start automatically with Windows so we need to create a home for it in the Program Files directory. Depending on if you are running Windows 7 64-Bit or not will depend on the specific folder to create a folder called “WinKlipper” so create the folder in one of the below locations.
Create WinKlipper Folder On Windows 7 32-Bit:code
- C:\\Program Files\\WinKlipper
Create WinKlipper Folder On Windows 7 64-Bit:code
- C:\\Program Files (x86)\\WinKlipper
Once you have created the WinKlipper folder move the winklipper.exe file into that directory.
- Launch WinKlipper: Now double click on the winklipper.exe file in the Winklipper directory you created. A new icon will display in your taskbar as shown in the below image.
- Configure WinKlipper: Right click on the WinKlipper taskbar icon to review the WinKlipper pop up menu as displayed below.
Select Preferences from the WinKlipper pop up menu to display the WinKlipper preferences configuration window as displayed below.
There are three options that can be configured with WinKlipper including the number of Windows clipboard entries to store, Autoexec, and Easy Access To Recent Clipboard Entries. The number of entries is how many items you copy that will display in the pop up menu when right clicking on the WinKlipper icon in your Windows 7 taskbar. Checking Autoexec will make WinKlipper start when Windows boots and checking “Easy Access to recent entries” will provide you easier access to the multiple clipboard entries. I prefer lowering the number of items to 5 so the pop up menu is more manageable and then checking Autoexec so WinKlipper launches when Windows boots. Once you have made the changes click OK to save them.
- Test WinKlipper: Now copy numerous items either by right clicking/selecting copy or by using the Ctrl-C keyboard shortcut to copy items to your Windows 7 clipboard. The cool thing about WinKlipper is that the Windows 7 clipboard will still function the same meaning the last item copied to the clipboard will still be the item that is pasted with the Ctrl-V keyboard shortcut unless you specifically select another item from the WinKlipper pop up menu. Below is an example image of 5 items filling the WinKlipper history.
When you want to access a previously stored item you simply click on the WinKlipper icon and select the item from the pop up menu. The selected item will now be what displays the next time you use the Windows paste function.
While this seems fairly easy it can be very useful if you use copy and paste a lot on Windows.