One Button Clipboard Viewer

I’m a copy and paste fiend. It goes with the job I guess. Sometimes I’ll copy something and get called away from my computer, then come back to wonder if I copied it or not. Sure I could just re-copy it, but instead I made a shortcut button on my toolbar that I can click to see what’s on the clipboard.

Here’s how to do it in Windows 2000 & XP:

First, you’ll need to find the clipboard. It should be on your main drive (usually C) under Windows/System32 and is called “clipbrd.exe”.


Next, Right-click and choose Send To/Desktop (Create Shortcut).

Finally, drag the icon down to your toolbar to create a shortcut button. You can delete the one on your desktop.


With Windows 98/ME the Clipboard Viewer is not there by default so you may need to install it. Dig out your Win 98/ME install disk for this one…

Click Start/Settings/Control Panel then go to “Add/Remove Programs”.

Click the “Windows Setup” tab. Under “System Tools” click “Details”. Check the box next to “Clipboard Viewer” then OK.

The Clipboard Viewer is now located at Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools. Right-click “Clipboard Viewer” and select “Send To” and “Desktop (create shortcut)”.

Drag the shortcut from your desktop down to the Toolbar and delete the one from your desktop (if you want to).


Now if you want to see what’s on the clipboard you can do it with the click of a button.

~ David

David Samuel Thomas

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