How to Retrieve Clipboard History in Windows

Retrieve clipboard history using alternative clipboard managersEver copied a code snippet or text from the web and forgot to paste it before you copied something else? So, wondering to know how to retrieve clipboard history?

Well, all of us will have an experience of something like this where we want to desperately retrieve those information that was once copied to the clipboard. But since Windows clipboard will only remember the last item that was copied onto it, it would seem impossible to recover the information that was copied earlier. However, this problem can be solved using any of the following alternative clipboard managers in place of the default one.

In this post you will find a few such alternative clipboard managers for Windows using which it would be possible to save and retrieve every piece of information that was copied to the clipboard. Here’s a quick list:

1. Clipdiary

How to Retrieve Clipboard History

This tool is a powerful clipboard manager which will store every piece of information that was copied to the clipboard including text, images or any other file. Clipdiary automatically loads upon Windows startup and maintains a database to store the history of all copied items.

This makes it possible to retrieve the information that was once copied to the clipboard, be it the last hour or the last week. Clipdiary is a shareware tool which comes with a 30 day fully functional evaluation period.

2. ClipMagic

ClipMagic is similar to Clipdiary but includes a few extra features that could seem handy for advanced users. The following are some of the extra features of ClipMagic that are not present in Clipdiary:

  • Categorize/organize your clips. You can also create filters/rules for your incoming clips
  • You can store/categorize your ideas to research fast
  • Assign often used text like email signatures to hotkeys

3. Ditto

Ditto is a powerful alternative to the default Windows clipboard manager which is an open source tool. It keeps track of all the copied items such as text, images and other files so that you can retrieve them whenever necessary. The following are some of the highlights of Ditto:

  • Assign hotkeys to frequently used clippings
  • Search and organize the clippings based on task or project
  • Supports unicode so that you can copy foreign and non-standard characters without any issues
  • Get a preview of all the copied items including thumbnails of images just by pressing the assigned hotkey
  • Ditto comes as a freeware so that you can enjoy all of its features free of cost

Even though Ditto is a freeware, it is still comparable to the two shareware tools discussed earlier. So in my opinion Ditto is always the first choice. You may still download and try all the three and keep the one that you like!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Post your feedback through comments. Cheers :)


  1. Shadab
    February 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Nice Tutorial

  2. Anna
    February 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Thanks. I would need ot have had those installed in advance to make use of this history correct?
    in my case I am trying to retrieve data I already “lost”….I am out of luck right?

    • Srikanth
      February 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      @ Anna

      Yes you’re right. You will have to install it in advance to make use of the history logging feature. Otherwise it would not be possible to retrieve the lost data.

  3. vipul
    February 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    HI, can you please tell me clipboard manager like these for linux(meego).And also tell steps to install it.I desperately need it.

  4. Piyush
    February 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Hey Srikanth…. nice article…
    I want to know about reading data stored in cookies ….. can u help????

  5. mathew
    February 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Hi Srikath,
    I have just started to read about hacking and computer tricks related stuff.Your tutorials are really helpful.
    Please update more frequently so that newbies like me can learn more from you!!

  6. sarath
    February 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Very nice

  7. Prince
    March 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Thnk u so much bro for this Awsome Tools….

  8. m s mirza
    April 18, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    U r. so itelligent …Srikant

  9. Do Hacking
    April 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    nice brother keep it up

  10. Raviraj
    April 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    nice post dude ..
    keep the good work on .. !!!

  11. Sysengtech
    May 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    I often read your posts but rarely comment, I just wanted to say thank you for what you do.

  12. sam
    May 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    @vipul: There are two qt based clipboard managers currently available for symbian devices in ovi store. They’re anand bibek’s clipbook and clipman. Try it. It works on any device like, symbian ^3, meego, meamo, linux, or even windows. All you need is to have qt runtimes in your device. Qt comes preloaded with symbian 3 devices.

  13. Meng
    June 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    TWO words, Great tip. Like your tips.

  14. selvam
    July 1, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    Nice job man….I have been searching for multi copy option you have any idea.. please help me

  15. Nidhi Mahajan
    July 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Best one tutorial..Keep writing such type of informational articles..

  16. Fedoraproject developer
    December 4, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Opera (web browser) has a similar tool built in; you can right-click, and there is an option called “Copy to note” You can further organize them there. :p

  17. backlink profile
    December 5, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    All trouble abou clipboard and history is written in this tutorial!

  18. pat7942
    March 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    thnks a lot bro!

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