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.
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.
Clipboard for Windows 10/8
Clipboard app for Windows 8/10 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 10/8, 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. Windows 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.
Read next: Windows Clipboard Manager Tips and Tricks.
Post ported from WinVistaClub, updated and posted here.