This gives you more control over your clipboard


The key combinations Ctrl + X and Ctrl + C, with which you can cut or copy text or images to the Windows clipboard, are undoubtedly well suited. In the meantime, Microsoft has upgraded the possibilities of this ancient clipboard, but for many users, a clipboard manager like Clibor certainly still makes sense.

You can find the free Clibor (of Japanese origin) via www.tiny.cc/clibor. Simply unzip the zip file and double-click on it clibor.exe start the (portable) program. The first time a welcome screen appears that you click away with Start Clibor.

Clibor settles with an icon in it Windowssystem tray. If you click on this icon or press Ctrl twice consecutively, you will see the clipboard content (at least if you have started Clibor and have in the meantime placed text strings in the clipboard with the well-known key combinations Ctrl + X or Ctrl + C).

If you right-click on this icon, you will immediately realize that this tool has quite a lot of possibilities. In this workshop we explore the most important possibilities, but you can also for more details here justly.

The Clibor context menu reveals the numerous (configuration) options.

Clipboard history

Since Windows 10 version 1809, Microsoft has added a nice feature: Clipboard History. You enable it as follows. Use Windows key + I to go to Settings, System, click on Clipboard and turn on the switch Clipboard history on On. Here you will also find the function Synchronize between devices. This ensures that the contents of your clipboard are synchronized across different Windows devices (if logged in with the same Microsoft account). Click on the corresponding link if you want an app that also allows this synchronization with an Android smartphone or iPhone. If you have Clipboard History enabled, Windows key + V will pop up the contents of your clipboard (at least the most recent 25 items). Click on the three dots next to such an item and choose To fasten if you want to keep that across several Windows sessions.

You can get back up to 25 items from Windows 10’s Clipboard History.

If you have Clipboard History enabled, Windows key + V will pop up the contents of your clipboard (at least the most recent 25 items). Click on the three dots next to such an item and choose Pin if you want to save it over several Windows sessions

Retrieving items

You have now placed a series of text strings in the Clibor management tool. You can now get it in your document in various ways. This can be done simply by selecting the desired item – called clip here – after which you paste it into a word processor or other program with the usual shortcut key combination Ctrl + V. The text will then be replaced by your text cursor. It is handy that Clibor shows you the entire clip content if you let the mouse pointer hover over it for a while.

You can also paste the clip directly in place of the text cursor without having to press Ctrl + V first. To do this, right click on the Clibor icon, choose Preferences and place in the rubric General a check mark Automatically pasting. Confirm with Save and with OK.

You can also automatically paste clips using keyboard shortcuts. When you open the Clibor window, you will notice that each clip is numbered 1 to 0 (0 here stands for 10), after which the numbering continues with the letters a to z. For example, to insert clip number 5 into your text cursor press Ctrl twice and press key 5 of the numeric block once.

Bee Preferences, Clipboard you can set the maximum number of clipboard items to be saved. The history is kept by default across different Windows sessions, but you can also make backups and restore them yourself. You do this by right clicking on the Clibor icon and Backup / Restore to choose.

Each clip is automatically assigned a number (or letter), allowing for faster selections.

Manage clips

You can also further edit the text clippings that Clibor keeps in the history. To do this, right-click on a clip and choose Edit. A stripped-down text editor will appear that allows you to delete, modify, and add text. With String formatting you can precede each line of text with a> or //, provide it with a line number (001, 002,…) Or enclosed in double quotation marks. With the menu Conversion you can arrange fast conversions, such as converting to uppercase or lowercase, to let all text flow in one line, or to convert spaces in tabs or vice versa. Press OK to record the changes; the clip then ends up at the same place in history. Click on Save and send to clipboard, then that clip ends up at the very top of history.

You can also find these conversions in the context menu of a clip, without having to open the text editor first. You just have to here Send to Clipboard (String formatting) or Send to Clipboard (Conversion) and select the conversion. In this context menu you will also find options such as Delete (to remove the clip) and Find (a search function that also supports RegEx, among other things).

You can edit the text of the clips yourself as well as format and convert quickly.

Favorites

We can imagine that you want to use certain text clippings more often. You want to have it at hand quickly, in the certainty that it will not be automatically overwritten by Clibor. The tool has the function for this Set phrase conceived, which you can interpret as ‘put a favorite clip in a logical group’.

Let’s start with the group layout. To do this, right-click on the program icon and choose Edit – set phrase group. A dialog box will appear in which you create one or more groups with the button New.

If you then call up the Clibor clipboard again (2x Ctrl), you will see the item in the top right corner Set phrase (to the right of the regular Clipboard). Right click on Set phrase to select the group. You will now see the clips that you have placed in that group. How to move a clip to such a group: open the Clibor clipboard, right-click on the intended clip, choose Add to Set phrase and indicate the group.

Organize frequently used clippings into separate clipboard groups.

Fifo and lifo

Clibor also allows you to paste multiple clips into your document at the same time. This is done according to the FIFO principle (first in, first out) or according to the lifo principle (last in, first out). With lifo, the clippings you last added to the clipboard are pasted into your document first. With lifo this is just the other way around.

You select the mode from the context menu of the Clibor icon (where you can also deselect it by removing the check mark). Everything you put in the clipboard (with Ctrl + C or Cltr + X) now ends up in a fifo or lifo clipboard. To paste the items from this clipboard into your document, right-click on a clip in the clipboard and chooseCombine and send to clipboard (followed by Ctrl + V). By the way, once you’ve chosen this option, Clibor automatically switches back to regular clipboard mode.

Paste multiple clippings into your document at the same time, in fifo or lifo order.
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