View & Manage Clipboard In Windows 10 / 8 / 7

When you copy or cut or move data, it is held temporarily in an invisible portion of memory. This is called as the ClipBoard. The clipboard enables applications to transfer data or between applications or within an application.

Windows XP had clipbrd.exe, referred to as the Clipboard Viewer or the ClipBook Viewer, which could be used to see what was saved on your clipboard. If you try to search for this exe file in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 you will be unable to find clipbrd.exe.

Clipboard in Windows

In Windows XP this file was situated in C:\Windows\System32\clipbrd.exe. It is now missing as a part of the Windows 10 / 8 / 7 installation. You can try to copy it from a Windows XP installation, if you have access to it, and paste it in your System32 folder. In most cases this is known to work.

Clipboard Viewer

If you wish, you can download Windows Clipboard Viewer from here. But if it does not work or if you are confronted with a message of sorts : Entry Point Not Found, then you may try to run it in Windows XP/SP2 compatibility mode and see if it works.

The Windows Clipboard is very basic in nature and does not offer many features. As a result, many free Clipboard alternatives like ArchiveClipboard, Enhanced Clipboard Manager, CopyCat, Clipboardic, Orange Note, Ditto, Clipboard Magic, etc, are available on the Internet.

You may also try this freeware Clipboard Viewer. This application allows you to look inside your Windows clipboard.


If you really need a more advanced tool to manage your Windows Clipboard, you may use freeware ClipMagic.


ClipMagic is a powerful Clipboard Extender and Information Manager for storing Images and Text, either automatically or manually in a categorized format, with details of the URL if the text is from an Internet site. It lets you edit, merge and manage your clips.

Clipboard for Windows 8


Clipboard app for Windows 8 will allow you to share to and from your clipboard using the Share Charm. This is especially useful for bridging desktop applications with Windows Runtime applications that support sharing features. There are also other Modern UI apps like Clipboard Plus, Clipboard+ and Clipboard Circle that can act as clipboard managers in Windows 8. Clipa.Vu is another clipboard manager app for Windows 8, you may want to check out.

Incidentally, Clip.exe is a different file, which is a part of Microsoft Word/Office Clip Organizer. It is a cmd command. And rdpclip.exe is the main executable for File Copy, which allows you to copy and paste between server and client. Vista’s Snipping Tool may also be considered as a variation of sorts. It lets you copy any portion of any screen, make notes and then copy it to the Clipboard as a graphic, save it as a graphics or an html file and/or send it by email. But you cannot view the clipboard with it.

Post ported from WinVistaClub, updated and posted here.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • mararepara

    another option is Ditto clip manager.

  • luc

    in windows 7, open startmenu-type snipping-enter. The snipping tool is now visible. Click and open.

  • Hum

    Another option is………. pressing control+V

  • Luka Per?i?

    Keyboarder copypaste is more for humans that this lists. Simple and easy to jump in(or out) to.

  • Caleb

    It is not ready for download, so what is the point in posting his link? 😐

  • Luka Per?i?

    Sorry, I was getting early access. It is open now.

  • squint9

    Und yet none of these wunderkin allow one to just print the clipboard. As usual with Microsoft it is one step forward und two steps back.

  • Zathras

    Works great with Win7x64

  • Stuffsblog

    nice post!

  • koolkitten

    I know this is an old entry, but just in case you see this Luka, I wanted to say thank you for coming back 3 months later to update us. I’m really impressed, lol. Most people wouldn’t have taken the time, so much appreciation. I’ll be sure to check it out :)

  • Rafasa Arandas

    I was looking for badly needed lost data…so the Clipboard in Windows 8.1 has no record, no history of the text it copies at all? Sigh…

  • Brian L Vanhardenberg

    nice try, that’s not a clipboard.

  • David Straub

    freeware Clipboard viewer has warnings not to access

  • Paul

    No. That’s not the clipboard. You know how you select some text, right-click and then you can click COPY? Well, after that you can right-click in any text field and click PASTE, which copies the previously selected text. The problem is, if you select and COPY something again, the previous content are “forgotten”. These apps let you see your clipboard history, that is, everything that you have copied before.

  • Paul

    What? Do you realize that these programs are NOT written by Microsoft?

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