I'd like to know if its possible in Windows for a script (or similar) to be written that will copy today's date and specific text into the clipboad, in the following format:

dd/mm/yy - xx - xxx


22/12/13 - JS - test note

Also, would like to then know how this script can be: a) set to run on startup b) assigned to a specific keyboard shortcut

Thanks in advance


Sure its possible, an easy especially with say PowerShell, or even C# or VB.Net.

A simple PowerShell Script to do as you ask:

$curDate = Get-Date -Format "dd/MM/yy"
$curDate + "JS - Test Note" | clip

If I paste out my results:

21/12/13JS - Test Note

Now you just need to figure out how you actually want to use it. If on Startup, just add a startup item that calls PowerShell and pipes in the correct .ps1 script.

If you want a hotkey, best bet is to look at something like AutoHot keys. Writing this your self can be a challenge, or caught by Windows as Malware.

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    Thanks for your answer, and for introducing me to AutoHotKeys. It was perfect for what I needed (automating scripts and hotkeys for the team at work) and allows compiling into exe's so the team don't need anything fancy installed. I have now written my first script! No issues with malware :) thanks again – mothman11 Dec 26 '13 at 12:15
  • In a PowerShell script it would be better to use Set-Clipboard ($curDate + "JS - Test Note") instead of piping the string to clip since the latter would lead to false results if the string contains special characters like Ä. – Bill Tür Jun 24 '19 at 10:56
  • @ThomasSchremser "False results"? Additionally before PS ~5 I believe clip.exe was the way to get this done. (7 year old answer) – Austin T French Jun 24 '19 at 12:11
  • I'm aware the answer is 7 years old, and IMO still a good one. That said, "false results" was probably poorly worded. What I mean is that if i run "Täst" | clip on my system the clipboard then contains Tõst. I couldn't find out quickly when Set-Clipboard was introduced. – Bill Tür Jun 24 '19 at 12:21

Yes, it is possible, for example in C#.

It might even be easier using AutoHotKey

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    Thanks for your answer. Because you and the previous answer mentioned autohotkeys, i checked it out and turned out to be perfect for what i needed. Have now written my first script, thanks :) – mothman11 Dec 26 '13 at 12:16

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