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Ditto Clipboard Extension - keeps all your clipboard history

Website - Screenshot - Freeware

reviewed by ClifNotes on 9/2/05


If you've never used a clipboard extension, you may be wasting your time. How often have you been ready to paste something into a window and found that you've lost what you wanted to paste into it? If you had a clipboard manager you could view all the things that you had copied recently, and then grab what you had copied earlier and paste it again. There are many good free clipboard tools out there, and I recently tried one called "Ditto". Ditto has a number of good things going for it. First of all, it's an open source project at SourceForge. Secondly, it's very customizable. You can set your own hot keys and you can add folders to the clip history to organize clips you want to keep. Lastly, Ditto can communicate with other computers running Ditto, and they can trade or share clips over a network.


Ditto installed fairly easily, but when I was done, it needed to download and install a program called DAO (from Microsoft) to work. I don't mind using DLL's or OCX files to run programs, but the more things a program requires to run, the more problems I typically have with it. Other than the extra download, the only other thing that bugged me about Ditto was the lack of a local help file. I really struggled the first few minutes untill I found a help page online. There is also an online forum where you can get help and suggestions.


My conclusion? Ditto is great, but the reliance on DAO makes it taste sour to me. I like portable programs that don't need to be installed, and don't need lots of DLL's or registry entries to work properly.


Quote - Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, custom formats, ...


Easy to use interface

Search previous copy entries

Saves any type of information that can be put on the clipboard

Keep multiple computer's clipboards in sync

Data is encrypted when sent over the network

Send individual clips to other computers

Accessed from tray icon or global hot key

Assign hot keys to specific copy entries

Checks for updates automatically

Select entry by double click, enter key or drag drop

Very handy tool

Paste into any window that excepts standard copy/paste entries

Display thumbnail of copied images in list