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I'm looking for a clipboard manager for Windows that doesn't actually attach or listen to the clipboard. Basically, I want all the features of a clipboard manager like Ditto, but instead of automatically capturing everything I copy, I want to manually paste things to the manager for later use.

The reasons I don't want it to capture everything I copy is for security, and so that it's easier to find the items I care about (because it only contains the items I specifically put there).

Anyone know of such a program?

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How about – Simon Sep 17 '13 at 13:38
@Simon: Eh. That might turn out to be an interesting service (seems a bit more useful than Evernote), but I don't think it's super useful as a clip manager. I have to go to the webpage, find the thing I want, and then manually copy it to the clipboard. I was thinking more along the lines of something that lives in the system tray (or even pops up with a hotkey, like Ditto) and I can just click an entry to move it to the clipboard. – sh1ftst0rm Sep 17 '13 at 13:50
There is a clipboard manager called but I can't seem to access its website (by developer name), but you can see & download it from here – Simon Sep 17 '13 at 13:53
Reading the review, it still says it captures everything you copy (in fact, it makes a pretty big point of this). That's really the big issue I'm looking to address: other than that, Ditto works quite well. – sh1ftst0rm Sep 17 '13 at 14:00
I hope you find one that works that cater to your needs. – Simon Sep 17 '13 at 14:02

Simidude is a network clipboard manager, but you could use it locally. It has a clipboard monitor toggle, so it wouldn't grab your windows clipboard by default. It is not free, however. I haven't tried it personally, but networked-clipboard might be an alternative, and it is FOSS.

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+1 for Simidude, it looks like it might work, but the functionality isn't worth $25 to me. networked-clipboard is extremely limited in functionality: as far as I can tell, all it does is copy the current (single) clipboard item between remote computers. – sh1ftst0rm Sep 17 '13 at 13:55

I would recommend using a notepad-style program, such as Notepad (which is already installed), or the excellent Notepad++. In fact, I use the latter for this exact purpose (among many others).

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That only works for text, though, and it's missing a lot of other features of clipboard managers, like descriptions, labels, quick paste, grouping, etc. – sh1ftst0rm Sep 17 '13 at 13:40
That is absolutely a valid point. – razumny Sep 18 '13 at 7:00

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