Not many people know about the clipboard in Windows 7, or on any operating system they’re using for that matter. But the thing is you’re using it nearly everyday without realizing it. Everytime you cut, copy, or paste text or images from one place to another, you are using the Windows Clipboard.The Clipboard is nothing more than an application that acts like a container where you can store text, images, and other types of content for pasting elsewhere. The familiar Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C shortcuts take advantage of the Clipboard. You also use the Clipboard whenever you use the typical Edit>Cut, Edit>Copy, or Edit>Paste functions from the menu bars found on most Windows applications.
Previously in Windows there was a simple method for viewing the contents of the Windows Clipboard, but ever since Windows Vista came along this feature has been removed, and subsequently from Windows 7 as well.
Microsoft removed the ability to view your clipboard from Windows because of the security hazards that it posed. Sometimes you can copy or cut sensitive material into your clipboard and forget it’s even there, or even some malicious websites can access what’s on your clipboard under certain conditions.
So in order to see what’s on your clipboard, you will use a third party application.Karen’s Clipboard Viewer lets you view and manage the contents of your clipboard.Download the application and follow the instructions for installation.
When you startup Karen’s Clipboard Viewer, you’ll notice four tabs at the top of the window. For most people, the first two labeled Text and BMP will be used most often. If you have some text already copied or cut to the Clipboard, you will see it in the Text tab.
The same is true if you have an image currently stored in the Clipboard. Click the BMP tab and view it there.
At the bottom of the window, you’ll notice three buttons. The Hide button minimizes the application to the Tray. This convenient feature eliminates having to minimize the application to the Taskbar. This saves room for people who have many applications open at the same time.
The Clear button clears the contents of the Windows 7 Clipboard. This feature is convenient for protecting any information you have stored in the Clipboard. It is also useful when you have a huge amount of information in the Clipboard.
Clicking the Clear button removes the contents from memory so more RAM can be used by Windows 7 and the applications you currently have running.
Using Karen’s Clipboard Viewer, you can view the contents currently held in the Clipboard application and clear it to reduce the chances that your private information is stored in your computer’s memory. With this application, using the Windows 7 Clipboard is safe and more convenient.