This utility provides a host of features that extend the capabilities of Windows clipboard, but it trips over its difficult interface. Real Clipboard offers multiple ways to access items in the clipboard, from keyboard shortcuts to mouse movement to its Tray icon. You also can preview pictures and HTML files saved in the Clipboard. Unfortunately, it organizes all items and settings in a tree menu, forcing you to go down four menu levels just to change hot keys. We found the Paste All feature, which lets you merge multiple clips into one document, very useful. Another bonus is its ability to paste the date and time as well as file paths. Real Clipboard includes support for templates, with Clipboard items automatically pasted in. However, you need to manually edit its collection files to use this feature. Real Clipboard could be very useful with some interface enhancements.
What's new in version 3.1
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedJanuary 26, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Real Clipboard was developed as an enhancement for the system Clipboard. The program keeps hundreds of data items copied to the system Clipboard in various formats including plain text, RTF, HTML, BMP, and drag and drop. The pop-up menu of the program may be activated in many ways or may always be on top and visible. Items may be pasted or dragged and dropped to other applications, printed, deleted, organized in user-defined collections, and even scheduled to play multimedia files or launch programs at specified times. The scheduler allows you to create talking clocks that can chime and strike hours, to listen to collections of audio files, and to connect to Internet broadcasts (online TV or radio stations) at specified times. Real Clipboard has a camera for taking pictures or colors at any point from the desktop or from other applications. It is a handy program and saves time when you're working with various data sources.