After trying many Clipboard managers and history tools, the best one I could find for free was ClipX. It is very simple, easy to use and configure and very very useful.
I use it very much especialy in programming to save some text that I will need later on, but it can be easily used in common tasks as well. Installer is very straitforward.
When installed and runned, it shows a tray icon in your taskbar.
ClipX tray icon
Right-clicking on it shows a pop-up menu with useful things.
- Clipboard history, where you can save and load all clipboard entries, or even clear whole history, or clear all bitmap entries.
- Search, which is a useful and very quick search.
- Manage, where you can manage your current clipboard.
- Enabled, which lets you to enable or disable ClipX temporarily
- Configure, with properties.
Click on configure to setup ClipX properly. Here are my settings that I use and find quite useful.
On General settings page:
- Remember the last clipboards. I use 25, which is enough for my use. In practice I use mostly 10 last clipboards.
- Save history across sessions (it is useful when ClipX will crash for some unknown reason)
- Multi-user support (so you don't have to install it for every user)
- Ignore file list clipboard entries
- Show icon in system tray
- I use default System Tray Icon since it evokes clipboard
- And very important thing Run ClipX on Startup
- Leave other options unchecked
On Hotkeys settings page:
- I use Ctrl + Shift + V as Secondary Paste, but it can be your Primary Paste as well. It is easy to remember because main Windows paste is Ctrl + v
- I don't use any other feature, but Google Search may be very useful as well. It opens up your default browser and automaticaly makes google to search last entry in clipboard. Be sure to use shortcut that is not used by some programs in which you wanna use this feature. Another thing is that sometimes it opens a new tab in mozilla and safari and sometimes it uses the one opened before. (I'm not very used to this feature)
On Popup settings page:
- Limit text clipboard menu width to chars. I use 50.
- Use graphical menu items for bitmap entries. (I don't use images in clipboard, but someone who uses will probably want to see the thumbnail of image that is stored in clipboard history) Anyway you can have it checked even if you don't remember images in your clipboard.
- Limit items width to 512 pixels
- Limit items height to 64 pixels
- Use Second-to-last clipboard instead of Last clipboard, since you can access last clipboard by just using Ctrl + v
- Add search item when triggered with hotkey (never realy used this)
- Use caret position when possible, Mouse position
Now you can simply use ClipX simply by using the shortcuts you defined