While doing work on your systems, you might not even know that how many times you copy-paste items with the help of Windows Clipboard. But, now there is a software which can do this work for you. Ditto is a software which acts as a free replacement for your standard windows clipboard. Basically it is an extension to it and is quite different from the windows clipboard in its working as it saves as many items that you copy so that you can retrieve your information later as well whereas as we know the windows clipboard saves just one item at a time.
Ditto is an open source clipboard manager which as said earlier, copies and saves content from the clipboard to provide a history of the copied text. Clipboard doesn’t provide with the history of previous copied items but it does. It works from the system tray and does not require any complex settings. Since you might have heard about many clipboard managers in the past like ClipCube and Clipboard History, the question might arise that in what aspect is Ditto different from them? What is special about the utility of Ditto as compared to other reviewed apps of it’s kind? So here goes the answer to this question. What makes Ditto quite useful and different from other applications is that it provides many detailed options to configure even minor aspects like opacity, copy timeframe of content, etc. along with these features, one more unique feature of Ditto is that it allows saving clipboard text in the native .dto format, which can be later imported. This allows creating database of the saved clipboard over a period of time.
One more important thing about Ditto is that any type of information can be saved by it whether its an image or HTML or text or custom formats and you can access any information any time you want to. Basically, anything that you can copy can be saved in Ditto Free Clipboard Manager. It is very easy to use. After running it, you just have to copy the information using the hot key ‘ctrl+c’which we all know is used to copy or simply by right clicking. Then just open its icon in the system tray or by pressing the hot key ‘ctrl + -’ and double click on the item that you want to paste in the previous window.
Here are some of the features of Ditto Free Clipboard Manager:
· You can search and paste the previous copy entries
· It keeps multiple clipboards in sync spread across multiple computers.
· You can access it from the tray icon or by pressing the global hot key
· It supports unicode
· Thumbnails of copied images are displayed in lists
· You can select the entries by double clicking or entering keys
· You can paste it into any window that accepts the standard copy paste entries
· Language files are created in any language
· It uses sqlite database
This is definitely the right software for everyone as it saves all the information into just one stuff which the standard windows clipboard doesn’t.
Let us now discuss the steps to use it in an efficient manner.
You can view clipboard window,then go to Options menu, open a clipboard notepad and save clipboard history, view clipboard window and import saved clips.
Double click on the system tray icon to view the saved clipboard history. To paste the copied text to an application such as a word processor, select the clipboard item and choose Ctrl+C and paste it to another app. You can create groups for saved clips, manage transparency of the clipboard window, change position of window, view saved groups, view hotkey list, etc, from right-click context menu.
The Options menu provides detailed features such as starting Ditto, at startup, enabling/disabling system tray icon, selecting language, choosing database path for .dto files, configuring keyboard shortcuts, configuring text history limit and so on. The General tab provides the most important options, followed by the Keyboard Shortcuts tab which can be used to set custom keyboard shortcuts. The rest of the tabs contain quite generic and somewhat unnecessary optional features such as checking clipboard stats, enabling sound when item is cut, pasted or copied, etc.