InsideClipboard v1.26
Copyright (c) 2007 - 2024 Nir Sofer


Each time that you copy something into the clipboard for pasting it into another application, the copied data is saved into multiple formats. The main clipboard application of Windows only display the basic clipboard formats, like text and bitmaps, but doesn't display the list of all formats that are stored in the clipboard.
InsideClipboard is a small utility that displays the binary content of all formats that are currently stored in the clipboard, and allow you to save the content of specific format into a binary file.

System Requirements

This utility works on any version of Windows, from Windows XP to Windows 11.

Versions History

  • Version 1.26:
    • Added option to choose another font (name and size) to display in the main window.
  • Version 1.25:
    • Added 'Put Icon On Tray' option.
    • Added 'No Refresh For Excel' option. When this option is turned on, InsideClipboard doesn't refresh when you copy data in Excel (Some copy actions cause an error in Excel if InsideClipboard tries to extract the data from clipboard).
  • Version 1.20:
    • The bottom status bar now displays the owner of the clipboard (Process Name and Process ID).
    • If the clipboard is opened/locked and other programs cannot use it, the name and ID of the process who locks the clipboard is displayed (With 'Locked:' prefix)
  • Version 1.15:
    • Added support for displaying UTF-16 strings in the lower pane.
  • Version 1.12:
    • Added horizontal scrollbar to the lower pane.
  • Version 1.11:
    • Added Index column, which displays the order of the clipboard formats.
  • Version 1.10:
    • Added support for saving and loading as Windows .clp file. You can use it from the user interface or from command-line
  • Version 1.06:
    • Fixed bug: The main window lost the focus when the user switched to another application and then returned back to InsideClipboard.
  • Version 1.05:
    • New option: Save As Image File. (Works only in Windows XP/2003/Vista, or in other systems that GDI+ is installed)
  • Version 1.04:
    • New option: Clear All Clipboard Data
  • Version 1.03:
    • New option: Refresh On Clipboard Change.
  • Version 1.02:
    • Fixed bug: CF_LOCALE format displayed as CF_DIBV5.
  • Version 1.01:
    • Fixed bug: InsideClipboard displayed wrong data.
    • Added support for displaying stream data.
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

Using InsideClipboard

InsideClipboard doesn't require any installation process or additional dll files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file (InsideClipboard.exe)
The main window of InsideClipboard has 2 panes. The top pane display the list of all formats that are currently stored in the clipboard. When selecting a single item in the top pane, the bottom pane displays the content of the selected clipboard format. You can view the content as Ascii (for text-based formats, like RTF or HTML) or as hex dump.

Command-Line Options

/stext <Filename> Save the clipboard items list into a regular text file.
/stab <Filename> Save the clipboard items list into a tab-delimited text file.
/stabular <Filename> Save the clipboard items list into a tabular text file.
/shtml <Filename> Save the clipboard items list into HTML file (Horizontal).
/sverhtml <Filename> Save the clipboard items list into HTML file (Vertical).
/sxml <Filename> Save the clipboard items list to XML file.
/saveclp <.clp Filename> Save the current clipboard data to .clp file.
/loadclp <.clp Filename> Load .clp file into the clipboard.

Translating InsideClipboard to other languages

In order to translate InsideClipboard to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run InsideClipboard with /savelangfile parameter:
    InsideClipboard.exe /savelangfile
    A file named InsideClipboard_lng.ini will be created in the folder of InsideClipboard utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run InsideClipboard, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run InsideClipboard without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to

Download InsideClipboard

InsideClipboard is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of InsideClipboard, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'insideclipboard_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed InsideClipboard utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
Arabic Shanaab!28/06/2015 
Brazilian Portuguese MCHAL19/11/2011 
DutchJan Verheijen16/05/20241.26
French Eric FICHOT10/05/20171.15
German «Latino» auf WinTotal16/05/20241.26
GermanLatino v1.01 (24.12.2007)24/12/2007 
ItalianFabio Mastroianni06/01/2008 
Japanese coolvitto28/05/20241.26
Persian ZendegiyeSabz05/06/20241.26
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae)16/10/20131.12
RussianDmitry Yerokhin16/05/20241.26
Simplified Chinese DickMoore03/04/20241.25
SlovakFrantišek Fico16/06/20241.26
SpanishJavier Perez25/02/2009 
Spanish Paco Fdez17/05/20091.10
Spanish arquer.net05/12/2010 
Traditional Chinese Danfong Hsieh02/04/2024 
Turkish HARUN ARI16/05/20241.26