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Clipbook Viewer \windows\system32\clipbrd.exe

View the contents of the Clipboard, manage clipboard data, and share data with other users.

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Command Prompt clipbrd


The Clipboard is merely a place in memory; it’s where data is stored when it is cut or copied from most Windows applications. It’s not a discrete application and has no interface of its own to speak of. However, the Clipbook Viewer is provided as a “window” into the clipboard, so to speak, as it allows you to view whatever has been placed in the Clipboard without disrupting or interfering with it any way.

Furthermore, you can save data into special .clp files, making retrieval at a later time—without having to open the original application—easy. This effectively affords us multiple clipboards.

When you first start Clipbook Viewer, it contains a single document called “Clipboard,” which displays the current contents of the clipboard at any time. In fact, you can leave open and watch the contents change as you copy and paste items from various programs. For example, if you cut or copy a file in Explorer, you’ll see the full path and filename of the object listed in the Clipboard document window. The same goes for plain text, rich text, images, spreadsheet cells, or most other types of data.

Although Clipbook Viewer won’t be able to display all types of data accurately, it does correctly preserve the format of the data, so you can safely save and retrieve your clipboards without altering the data. To save the data in the clipboard, select Save from the File menu, type a filename (with the .clp extension), and click OK. Then, at a later time, open the file using the Clipbook Viewer (or by double-clicking the .clp file in Explorer). You’ll be asked whether or not you wish to clear the contents of the clipboard; if you answer yes, the contents of the clipboard will be replaced with the data stored in the file you’ve opened. Otherwise, the operation is canceled.

Sharing, a mechanism by which clipboard data can be transferred between computers on a network, is not an automatic process. Instead, you must manually paste data to be shared into the Local Clipbook window, a document that should appear alongside the Clipboard document window in the Clipbook Viewer. The security menu allows you to set permissions for your shared data so that only authorized users can get access to it. To access the data on another computer’s Local Clipbook, select Connect from the File menu.


  • If the Local Clipbook window does not appear in the Clipbook Viewer, the Clickbook Viewer is unable to establish a connection with another computer on your network. Make sure sharing is enabled and properly configured on all computers involved.

  • Note that some applications use an “internal” clipboard, allowing information to be copied and pasted only within the application. Data originating from these applications will not show up in the ClickBook Viewer.

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