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What is ClipboardFix?

ClipboardFix is a small utility that runs in your system tray. When enabled, it will process anything you copy/paste and substitute in any characters/words you want. It can either be enabled all the time, or it can be disabled and then double-clicked to process the clipboard just once at any time.

ClipboardFix in System Tray

What is ClipboardFix used for?

Many people have a need to repetitively alter characters, words, or phrases in text every day. For instance, if you have a program which does not accept special characters like "½", you can have ClipboardFix substitute that character for "1/2" instead. It can also convert lesser known non-standard ASCII characters like the extended dash "–" into a normal dash instead "-". One good example of this is pasting from emails into an older database program. Say the old database program changes non-standard characters into question marks instead. If the older program does not accept any newer ASCII characters, you can have ClipboardFix change all of those characters to standardized ASCII text instead. If you leave ClipboardFix enabled, it will fix all these characters automatically for you every day without the need to worry about them. This may only save you a few minutes each time, but the minutes add up.

You can also use ClipboardFix to perform complicated substitutions. You can substitute any string/combination of letters or characters for any other string/combination of letters or characters. Substitutions can be performed more than once and are operated in the same order each time - this allows you to set up macros and even change entire document formatting. Programming escape characters are even allowed, so you can perform complex substitutions involving the addition/replacement/removal of line breaks, carriage returns, tabs, and more.


ClipboardFix instructions:

1) Downloading and installing ClipboardFix:

ClipboardFix does not need an installation. You just download it to any folder you would like, and run it. Note that ClipboardFix will create a configuration file in whichever folder you choose, so pick a folder in which you are comfortable keeping it.

2) How do I get ClipboardFix to start automatically when I start my computer?

If you want ClipboardFix to start automatically when you start your computer, create a shortcut to it in your Start Menu's "Startup" folder.

3) How do I set up ClipboardFix?

After you run ClipboardFix, it should appear in your system tray. Right-click it and choose "Configuration" in order to set it up.

On this screen, you can see that nothing has been added yet. Whatever is in the left hand box will be replaced by whatever is in the same row on the right. You can add your own items to the list by typing in the text boxes in the center. You can use something simple like a single character substitution, or you can use something fancy like a whole phrase.

Note that programming escape characters are allowed, for those who need that feature. Just check the box "Show Escape Characters", and you can add them in. For those who aren't familiar with escape characters, \n is newline, \t is tab, etc. They are used when you can't insert a specific character of that type into the text box. Click here to go to a list of supported escape characters. Note that many escape characters can be entered normally if the escape character box is unchecked.

4) What is the difference between "Enabled mode" and "Disabled mode"?

When ClipboardFix is "Enabled", it will appear as a small clipboard icon in your system tray. While the program is in this mode, it will automatically detect whenever you copy something, and alter the contents of the clipboard automatically.

When it is "disabled", it will appear with a red X through it. While the program is in this mode, it will not act on the clipboard contents unless you double-click the icon in the system tray. When double-clicked, it will flash a green check mark to let you know that it has processed the contents of the clipboard.

You can choose to start the program automatically in either "enabled" or "disabled" mode, by changing the setting in the Configuration menu (right-click -> Configuration).