gbClipper is an easy to use freeware application for maintaining a history of the text content a user places onto the clipoard. Once started, gbClipper works in the background to automatically detect and capture new clipboard text content. By default, bClipper displays a list of all items that have been captured. The user can modify how the list is presented (such as single or multi-line items) and can take actions on individual items (such as copying the items to the clipboard). gbClipper can also be placed in the system tray.

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gbClipper uses a single main screen, consisting of two buttons - one to open the history file and one to open online help - and a label showing when the last clipboard change took place.

Additionally, a context menu of additional options and features is available.

Feature List

gbClipper provides a variety of features to change how the word list is created, viewed, or modified:

Using gbClipper

Using gbClipper couldn't be simpler.
  1. Run gbClipper

Really, that's it. Once gbClipper starts running there's nothing more for you to do. As items are placed on the clipboard by other application, the text content will appear in gbClipper.

At any time you can optionally look at the history file, re-copy a history item to the clipboard, or take other actions with the history items.

The gbClipper statusbar always shows the total number of items in the history file, and the date/time of the most recent addition.

Context Lines

In some cases, a single line display of a history item may not be enough to clarify what is in the history item. In such cases, the user can elect to show more than just one line of a history item, by selecting the dropdown Show Context Lines option. Additionally, the user can use the Set Context Size dropdown menu option to enter the number of context lines which will be shown. The number entered is the total number of lines shown for each history item.

Here's an image of gbClipper, with context lines showing.

Mini-Mode Display

Using the Ctl-M keyboard shortcut will toggle the size of gbClipper to and from a size that will display the leftmost 4 icons, as in this image:

These four toolbar buttons represent the most frequently changed/used gbClipper features - minimizing the gbClipper footprint while continuing to show the most useful toolbar buttons.

You can also double-click on the caption bar to toggle between normal and minimode display. The exception is that double-clicking on the cpation when gbClipper is maximized will simply restore gbClipper to its pre-maximized window size.

System Tray

gbClipper can be sent to the system tray by pressing the Tray button on the toolbar. It will stay in the system tray, including the next session, until the setting is changed.

When in the system tray, double-click on the gbClipper icon to restore the application.

When in the system tray, you can also right-mouse click on the gbClipper icon to get a context menu, which is exactly the same menu as the DropDown Menu discussed in the next section.

Here's an image of what gbClipper may look like when in the system tray. gbClipper is the first icon to the left in this image.

On some PCs, the system tray may have no room in the system tray, the portion along the base of the screen, so the gbClipper icon may be found in the hidden icon section of the tray.


The gbClipper toolbar provides access to the most frequently used features and settings.


The following options are available on the toolbar.

Sends gbClipper to the system tray.

Opens a copy of the history file. While the file is open, gbClipper can continue to receive clipboard content.

Clears all items from the history file.

Copy selected history item to clipboard. If checkboxes are displayed, then copies checked history items to clipbboard.

Adds clipboard content to the history file. This is typically used when the AutoCapture setting is off.

Remove the selected history item. If checkboxes are displayed, then deletes checked history items.

Causes gbClipper to work in the background, detecting when the clipboard content is changed. When changse are found, the new content is added to the history file, along with the date-time of the change.

Shows the first few lines of the history item. The number of lines shown is 5 by default, but can be changed by the user.

Display Search dialog, from which a list of all history items containing a search string can be displayed.

Following a Search, use this toolbar button to display all history items.

Pressing the Settings button will switch the display between showing the most recent history items on top, or on bottom, of the display. The dropdown arrow to the right of the Setting button is discussed in the next section.

Display this online help page in the user's default browser client.

DropDown Menu

A dropdown menu, with the following options, is associated with the toolbar Settings button.

System Tray
When checked, places gbClipper in the system tray. When unchecked, gbClipper will be restored.

Enables gbClipper to automatically monitor clipboard activity.

Show Context Lines
Shows the first few lines of the history item. The number of lines shown is 5 by default, but can be changed by the user.

Application On Top
Maintains the gbClipper window above all other applications.

Ask Before Clear/Reduce/Delete
Ask the user for permission to remove items from the list.

Most Recent On Top
In the history file, the most recent clipboard entry is at the bottom of the file. However, the user can view the history items in forward or reverse order.

Wrap Long Lines As Received
Some sources, such as web pages, will return a single long line of text (no end-of-line formatting). This option directs gbClipper to split incoming text into multiple lines containing a maximum number of characters. The split is made on word boundaries. The default of 80 characters can be changed by the user.

Show CheckBoxes
Shows checkboxes on the displayed lines. When displayed, checkboxes affect what history items will be affected by the Copy and Delete commands.

Open Copy of History File
Creates a copy of the history file, then opens the copy. gbClipper continues working in the background.

Clear History
Removes all entries from the history file.

Paste Clipboard Content
Adds the current clipboard content to the history file.

Reduce History
Removes all but the most recent 10 entries from the history file.

Select Font
Allows user to select font used to display the history list.

Set Context Size
Determines the number of lines, for each history item, that will be displayed in the history list.

Set Reduce History Item Count
Sets the number of history items that will remain after executing the Reduce History List option.

Set Wrap Line Length
Sets the number of characters that will be used to wrap imcoming text when the Wrap feature is enabled. Regardless of the number used, lines will wrap on word boundaries.

Online Help
Display this online help page in the user's default browser client.

Closes gbClipper.

Context Menu

A right-mouse context menu, with the following options, is associated with the listing of history items (ListView control). If there are no history items, the context menu is not available.

Copy History Item to Clipboard
Copies selected history item to the clipboard.

Save History Item As ...
Saves selected history item to user-specified file.

Delete History Item
Deletes that history item permanently.

Wrap History Item Now
Allows the user to wrap items that were retrieved when the automatic wrap setting was not on.

Make Most Recent
Places the histor item in the most recent position, which is at the top or bottom of the list depending on Most Recent on Top setting.

View History Item in MsgBox
The selected history item is displayed in a poup message box.

View History Item in Default Text Client
The selected history item is saved to a temporary text file, the opened in the user's default text client.

Open Path
Opens history items which contain only a URL or path name.


The Search feature displays all history items containing a search string. Case sensitive/insenstive search are supported. Here's the Search dialog that is displayed when the toolbar Search button (or F3, or Ctl-F) is pressed:

To return to the full history item display, press the Reload toolbar button.

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following key combinations are available to the user to access gbSayList features:

Temporary Files

gbClipper creates these files, located in the folder containing the gbClipper EXE.

Other Comments

Misecellaneous information is provided in this section.

INI File
gbClipper application settings are saved in an INI file, kept in the same folder as the gbClipper application.

Comments and suggestions are welcome!