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Options and Configuration > Options Dialog > Capturing

Enable Auto Capture At Startup?

Normally, ClipMate captures everything. But if you don't want it to, you can turn it off here, and it won't be enabled the next time you startup. To turn on/off temporarily, use the "AutoCapture" under the Tools menu.

Capture Existing clipboard data at startup?

If the clipboard contains a text clip when ClipMate starts, ClipMate can capture it instead of overwriting it.

Use Vista Clipboard Notification?

Vista includes a new clipboard API, which eliminates the troublesome "clipboard notification chain". If  you are running Vista, you probably want to turn this on.  This makes the "keepalive" and "reestablish clipboard connection" functions obsolete.

HDROP Expansion

When you copy from Windows Explorer, there is a format called HDROP that enables cut/copy/paste within Explorer – and possibly other applications that make use of the HDROP. But there's no human-readable listing of the files. If you enable this option, ClipMate will extract the list of files and turn it into a plain TEXT clip.  For example, if you copy a file such as "hello.txt" from your "my documents" folder, the HDROP Expansion will result in a text item looking something like this: C:\MyDocuments\JohnDoe\helloc.txt

This is an automatic invocation of the Edit | "Convert File Pointer To Text" command.

Image Storage

While all images are captured from the clipboard as Bitmap, they are stored in compressed format as either JPEG or PNG.  PNG is new to version 7, and provides superior image quality with comparable space savings to JPEG.  We recommend that you use PNG, unless there is a need to share image clips with other users who are still on ClipMate 6.


When ClipMate Glues two Clips together with the Append command, you can control what goes between the individual Clips as they're combined. By default, a line-feed is inserted, but you can also use a tab character, or any other displayable character or set of characters. Use \t for tab, \n for line break.

If you select the Strip Trailing Line Feed option, ClipMate will look to see if the preceding Clip already has one or more linefeeds (this is common) and will remove them.