The common feature of clipboard utilities is that they allow the user to paste more than just the last cut or copied text. By storing a (configurable) number of recent items, the user can choose any of these.
Here's a scenario I have used to create a blog post:
- I'm looking at an article I want to post about.
- I copy the page URL.
- I copy two or three different chunks of text.
- I switch to my text editor (or blogging web interface)
- I use ArsClip to paste the different copied text into my blog post.
Without using a clipboard utility, I would need to switch between windows multiple times to select and copy each chunk and then revert to the posting window to paste.
 External Links
- Wikipedia article on clipboard managers with links to more software... but the big list was removed. Here's the list extracted from the page's history:
 Free and/or open source
- 101 Clips (Includes both text and graphic clip editors)
- ACM - Advanced Clipboard Manager is a free Java based manager that stores multiple clipboard text contents and lets you lock, restore, and retrieve them for later use. With Unix-like commands and a GUI + text interface, it lets users do many advanced things to the contents including features like awk and joins.
- Clip Guru
- Clipboard Recorder Standard (Also has a professional version available)
- Clipdiary (clipboard history tool)
- Clipomatic (light footprint)
- Desktop Data Manager (for Linux)
- Flashpaste Lite
- Hamsin Clipboard
- Ten Clipboards
- Yankee Clipper
 Commercial and Shareware
- ClipCache Pro
- JGSoft AceText
- Clipboard Express Pro
- Flashpaste Pro
- Global Clipboard
- Spartan MultiClipboard (Portable versions for flash and U3 drives available). Successor to M8 Multi-Clipboard
- TextPad is an enhanced text editor. It also keeps a clipboard history accessible to all applications.