Then I found out about the amazing Autohotkey utilities created by Florian Winkelbauer when they were written up on LifeHacker: DropPub Sends Any File to Dropbox’s Public Folder and Copies the Link to Your Clipboard. DropPub is a brilliant utility to send a file to your DropBox public folder, but the utility that I found more interesting was 4Clip - which gives you 4 extra clipboards linked to F1-F4.
The basic functions are: select some text and press F1+c to copy, F1+v to paste, or F2, F3, F4 - each F key is linked to a different buffer or clipboard. It means you can now "keep in memory" five things at once - the normal Windows clipboard plus four more pieces of text linked to F1 - F4.
Best thing to do is put the exe (or a shortcut to it) in your Windows Startup folder (
C:\Documents and Settings\...your username ...\Start Menu\Programs\Startup) so that it will start up automatically with Windows. It's a small utility - taking 4.6 kb on my Windows XP. See the readme.txt included to see other functions.
Florian gives you a zip file including the source and exe file, but the exe is all you really need. I have been using this pretty much daily since I read about it on LifeHacker. But when I asked Florian if he could make it use all the F keys (12 clipboards) he responded within hours with 12Clip.zip (link gone for now). So, extra props to you Florian - thank you very much!
- Florian Winkelbauer
- Florian's Autohotkey utilities, including the subject of this post, 4Clip.
- A write up of Florian's work in LifeHacker: DropPub Sends Any File to Dropbox’s Public Folder and Copies the Link to Your Clipboard