ClipOut (Command Line Utility)
Version 1.0.1 - Download
Outputs/writes the text contents of the Windows Clipboard to the command line console/standard out. If the clipboard does not contain text, no output is produced.
A practical usage of this tool is demonstrated in my How-To Geek feature article: How to Send the Contents of the Clipboard to a Text File via the Send to Menu.
Note: Requires .NET 2.0.
The following command outputs the clipboard contents to Windows command line console (no modification):
The following command (when run from the command prompt) writes the clipboard contents to the file "C:\MyFile.txt" with leading and trailing whitespace removed:
ClipOut /T > C:\MyFile.txt
The following command (when run from either a shortcut or the Run dialog) outputs the clipboard contents, with a line break added before and after the text, to the file "C:\LogFile.txt":
CMD /C ClipOut /B > C:\LogFile.txt
The same command as above run via the Windows command prompt directly would simply be:
ClipOut /B > C:\LogFile.txt
Help Information (/?)
ClipOut [/T] [/B]
/T When specified, the text has leading and trailing whitespace removed
before outputting the contents.
/B When specified, a line break is added before and after the output text.
This function can be useful for appending to files.
If /T is provided, its actions are performed prior to this.
- If the contents of the clipboard does not contain text, then no output is
- To redirect the contents to a file, be sure to run ClipOut from
the command line or via the command line processor (for Run commands and/or
shortcuts) like so:
CMD /C ClipOut > MyFile.txt
0 = Text output was produced.
1 = No output produced (clipboard does not contain text).
- Fixed an issue where a line break would always be added to the output, even if the /T switch was provided.