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Introducing Hot Copy Paste

How to use Hot Copy Paste

    Working with Clipboard Manager


    Main properties

    Clipboard Manager

    Keyboard Shortcuts




Other issues

    FAQ - Frequently asked questions

    Command Line Parameters

    How to buy Hot Copy Paste

    License Agreement

Introducing Hot Copy Paste

Enhance Windows Clipboard with multiple snippets, secure storage and full-text search. Hot Copy Paste works in every program supporting Windows Clipboard, and works in many that don't. Cut, copy and paste as many snippets as you need at once! Hot Copy Paste will store information you copy to the clipboard so that it won't be lost even after you reboot your PC.

Hot Copy Paste is the better Clipboard. Removing built-in limitations of Windows Clipboard, the new clipboard utility allows you to copy, cut and paste many pieces of information at once. Recording every snipped such as sections of text or Web pages, pictures, tables and other objects, Hot Copy Paste will store them securely for future use. Hot Copy Paste stores information you copy and paste, so it won't be lost even after you reboot your PC!

Concerned about security? Hot Copy Paste will encrypt information you cut and copy with an industry-standard Blowfish algorithm and a strong encryption key, making your snippets visible to your eyes only. You can even assign the names for the snippets hiding their content and specify programs from which Hot Copy Paste will never keep any snippets.

The clipboard manager supports all applications supporting with Windows Clipboard, and enables many programs that don't by pasting the text as series of keystrokes. You can set Hot Copy Paste to paste text as HTML code or remove all formatting by pasting plain text. Of course, Hot Copy Paste supports every format recognized by Windows Clipboard, allowing you to copy, cut and paste text, graphics, tables, audio clips, and other embeddable object.

Hot Copy Paste makes it easy to navigate through thousands of snippets. Supporting grouping and filtering, and performing full-text search for the snippet in need, the clipboard utility makes managing data you copy, cut and paste easy. And just in case you paste some snippets more often than others, there are Favorites for the snippets. You can assign hot keys to paste your favorite snippets in a moment!

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How to use Hot Copy Paste

Are you new to Hot Copy Paste? Read Working with Clipboard Manager first!

From this topic you can find out how Clipboard Manager work.

Do you have any questions? Read FAQ first.

If you have any problems with Hot Copy Paste please read Frequently Asked Questions.

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Working with Clipboard Manager

Clipboard Manager automatically monitors all changes in the clipboard and saves these changes in the clipboard history.

All data is automatically saved to the hard disk. You can specify any number of snippets to be saved without slowing down the performance. 500 snippets are saved by default.

Clipboard Manager supports all known data formats.

By default, the Win+Ins shortcut opens the Clipboard Manager window.

The following information is displayed for each saved snippet:

  • Brief snippet contents: some text or an image.
  • The icon of the snippet format the way it is defined in your system.
  • The icon of the application the snippet was copied to the clipboard from.
  • Brief additional information for each snippet according to its format.
  • The list of all formats the snippet can be used in.

To paste the selected snippet into the current application, select it in the list or press its numeric shortcut key: 0..9.

All information is copied to the clipboard in several formats at once so you can select the format you want to use. To paste the currently selected snippet in a certain format, select the necessary format in the Paste as list or press the shortcut letter key: A..Z. For instance, you can paste RTF text in the TEXT format.

See the Clipboard Manager section for the Clipboard Manager settings.

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Ins - Paste the selected snippet.
  • Ctrl+D - Add the selected snippet to Favorites.
  • Del - Delete the selected snippet.
  • Ctrl+Up Arrow - Move the selected snippet up.
  • Ctrl+Down Arrow - Move the selected snippet down.
  • Ctrl+C - Copy the selected fragments to the clipboard.
  • Ctrl+A - Select all fragments in the current list.

Tips and tricks

  • You can select several fragments in the clipboard manager by pressing and holding Ctrl or Shift.
  • You can merge selected text fragments into one.
  • You can drag and drop selected fragments from the clipboard manager into another program.
  • You can drag and drop selected fragments into groups of favorite fragments.
  • You can protect your data with a strong 448-bit Blowfish encryption. Nobody will access your stored data without your secret password.

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While developing Hot Copy Paste, we tried to make the number of additional options as small as possible and left only those that are truly necessary.

To open the Options dialog box, open the context menu with a right click on the Hot Copy Paste icon in the system tray and select the Options item.

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Main properties

The main properties are responsible for the interaction between Hot Copy Paste and Windows.

Language - the language of the Hot Copy Paste user interface.

Run Hot Copy Paste at Windows startup - automatically launch Hot Copy Paste when the system is started.

Set high priority for Hot Copy Paste - use this parameter if some of the Hot Copy Paste features are unstable.

Show the Hot Copy Paste toolbar in the taskbar - activate the program toolbar with one button in the taskbar.

Hide the Hot Copy Paste icon in the systems tray - don't show the icon in the system tray (next to the clock).

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Clipboard Manager

You can disable adding identical snippets to Clipboard Manager. However, it may slow down the performance in case of large text snippets in the clipboard.

Track clipboard changes - if you clear this checkbox, the manager will not track changes in the clipboard.

Auto Hide - automatically close the clipboard manager window after its snippet is pasted.

Always On Top - Specifies that a window should be placed above all nontopmost windows and stay above them even when the window is deactivated.

Return focus back to Clipboard Manager after pasting - If set, focus returns to Hot Copy Paste after pasting. Otherwise, focus stays in target application.

Show Clipboard Manager next to the text entry area when possibler - when the clipboard manager is opened, it will be shown next to the text cursor.

Do not add identical snippets - if this checkbox is selected, once a snippet is copied to the clipboard, all its clones saved before will be deleted.
Note: If you select this checkbox on slow computers, you may notice a slowdown while copying large snippets to the clipboard.

Oldest fragments on top (otherwise newest on top) - sort fragments by date and time from oldest to newest (otherwise from newest to oldest).

Maximum number of saved snippets - the number of snippets starting from which the earliest snippets will be deleted.

Show preview - show a panel with full information about selected fragment.

Single line - This option lets you display rows in the list of fragments in a special way: Each row will become smaller in height and will contain only one line.

Show additional information - show additional information about each snippet in the clipboard manager: character count, image size, application icon, etc.

Item height - the height of elements in the list of saved snippets in pixels.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts work in all applications.

Shortcut list:

  • Show Clipboard Manager: History
  • Show Clipboard Manager: Favorites
  • Paste clipboard as plain text
  • Paste clipboard as keystroke sequence
  • Track clipboard changes on/off

It is important to know that when you specify keyboard shortcuts, the left and right control keys (Shift, Ctrl, Alt or Win) are processed differently. If you want to use only right Shift, Ctrl, Alt or Win in a keyboard shortcut, press the right keys. If you want to use both right and left keys, press the left keys.

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You can specify applications where you want Hot Copy Paste disabled.

How it works

Whenever any of the specified programs becomes active, Hot Copy Paste turns off, indicating it in the tray icon. Hot Copy Paste resumes operation once you switch to another program.

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These parameters provide advanced security functionality for program users.

Encrypt data - Only newly-created elements are encrypted. Encryption may slow down the performance in case of large snippets in the clipboard.

Set password for encryption and decryption - You can protect your data with a strong 448-bit Blowfish encryption. Nobody will access your stored data without your secret password. If you change your password, you will not be able to use encrypted data. If you will forget your password then all your encrypted data may be lost.

Delete fragments from history before shutdown - Records are deleted before the computer shuts down or goes to the sleep mode. Records resembling passwords are lines containing a single word without spaces.

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Data directory - the folder used by the program for storing the contents of the clipboard manager.

Action for a click on the System Tray Icon - you can click on the icon in the system tray (next to the clock) to execute selected action: Show Clipboard Manager, Show Options, Clear Clipboard.

Save to File - saves all program settings to INI-file.

Load from File - loads all program settings from INI-file.

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Other issues

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

If you experience troubles with registration or using Hot Copy Paste, please read this topic.

License Agreement

Hot Copy Paste End User License Agreement.

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Using Hot Copy Paste issues

Q: Program doesn't react to key combination at all.

A:  Maybe another hotkey manager is running. If not, check that Hot Copy Paste is turned on.

Q: Can the "Sleep" key be used in a shortcut?

A: No, the "Wake", "Sleep" and "Power" keys cannot be choosen as hotkey or a part of a key combination for any Action.

Q: I have uninstalled Hot Copy Paste, but it still loads at startup. What is wrong?

A: It is most likely that you had performed uninstall while Hot Copy Paste was running, so the uninstaller could not delete some files. The best way to remove Hot Copy Paste in this case is to install it back, quit from Hot Copy Paste and uninstall it again.

Registration issues

Q: How do you know if your product is registered?

A: Please select "About Hot Copy Paste" from the context menu to see the registration status.

Q: How many installations can be made with one product license?

A: Accordingly to the Hot Copy Paste End User Licence Agreement you may use your copy of Hot Copy Paste on one computer only. However you may re-activate Hot Copy Paste on the same computer any number of times, also occasional hardware changes and new activations for the same product code are allowed.

Q: Do you have to pay for upgrades?

A: No, you don't. If you bought any version of Hot Copy Paste, you can upgrade to the latest version for FREE.

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Command Line Parameters

Hot Copy Paste (hcp.exe) accepts optional command line parameters.


It loads the file specified in the command line to the clipboard. You can load graphic and text files: bmp, jpg, jpeg, png, gif, emf, wmf, ico, pcx, ani, cur, txt.

For example: C:\Program Files\HotCopyPaste\hcp.exe /LOADCLIP "C:\My Documents\myphoto.jpg"


Closes a previously launched instance of the program.


When it's used, the program is launched with the same settings for all users.

Tells the program that its settings should be saved in the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ComfortSoftware\hcp

During a regular program start, settings are saved in: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\ComfortSoftware\hcp


Instructs the program to save its settings in an INI file. The settings are saved in the Backup.ini file located in the program installation folder.


Opens the program settings window.


When the program is launched with this parameter, it loads the settings from the INI file specified in the command line. If another instance of the program is already running, the settings from the INI file are loaded into it. You can save the settings to an INI file using the Options window in the Advanced section.

For example: C:\Program Files\HotCopyPaste\hcp.exe /RESTORE "C:\Program Files\HotCopyPaste\params.ini"


Launches the program in the safe mode. Some program functions will be disabled.


Causes the program to create a log file Log.txt in the program directory detailing program activity. This can be a helpful debugging aid.

The information contained in the log file is technical in nature and therefore not intended to be understandable by end users.

If a file with the specified name already exists it will be overwritten.

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How to buy Hot Copy Paste

Hot Copy Paste is distributed as Shareware. You are entitled to evaluate the software for 30 days without charge. After 30 days, if you decide to keep the software, you must register your copy with us for a nominal fee.

For more information, please visit

For detailed information on how to purchase and register Hot Copy Paste, please read the following topics carefully:

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License Agreement

Hot Copy Paste EULA (End User License Agreement) for use and distribution


Hot Copy Paste is distributed as try-before-you-buy product. This means:

1.   All copyrights to Hot Copy Paste are exclusively owned by Comfort Software Group.

2.   Anyone may use this software during a test period of 30 days. Following this test period of 30 days or less, if you wish to continue to use Hot Copy Paste, you must purchase a license.

3.   There are 2 basic types of licenses issued for Hot Copy Paste, these are:

a.   A single computer USAGE license. The user purchases ONE license to USE the Hot Copy Paste on ONE computer.

Home users may use their single computer usage license on two (2) computers which are in property of the license owner.

Business users require one license per computer Hot Copy Paste is installed on.

b.   A multiple usage license. The user purchases a number of usage licenses for use, by the purchaser or the purchaser's employees on the same number of computers.

In a network (server/client) environment you must purchase a license copy for each separate client (workstation) on which Hot Copy Paste is installed, used, or accessed. A separate license copy for each client (workstation) is needed regardless of whether the clients (workstations) will use Hot Copy Paste simultaneously or at different times. If for example you wish to have 9 different clients (workstations) in your network with access to Hot Copy Paste, you must purchase 9 license copies.

A user who purchased a Hot Copy Paste license, is granted a non-exclusive right to use Hot Copy Paste on as many computers as defined by the licensing terms above according to the number of licenses purchased, for any legal purpose. The licensed Hot Copy Paste software may not be rented or leased, but may be permanently transferred, in it's entirety, if the person receiving it agrees to the terms of this license. If the software is an update, the transfer must include the update and all previous versions.

4.   The Hot Copy Paste unlicensed trial version may be freely distributed, with exceptions noted below, provided the distribution package is not modified in any way.

a.   No person or company may distribute separate parts of the package without written permission of the copyright owner.

b.   The Hot Copy Paste unlicensed trial version may not be distributed inside of any other software package without written permission of the copyright owner.

c.   Hacks/cracks, keys or key generators may not be included on the same distribution.

5.   Hot Copy Paste is distributed "as is". No warranty of any kind is expressed or implied. You use at your own risk. Neither the author nor the agents of the author will be liable for data loss, damages, loss of profits or any other kind of loss while using or misusing this software.

6.   You may not use, copy, emulate, clone, rent, lease, sell, modify, decompile, disassemble, otherwise reverse engineer, or transfer the licensed program, or any subset of the licensed program, except as provided for in this agreement. Any such unauthorized use shall result in immediate and automatic termination of this license and may result in criminal and/or civil prosecution.

All rights not expressly granted here are reserved by Comfort Software Group.

7.   Installing and using Hot Copy Paste signifies acceptance of these terms and conditions of the license.

8.   If you do not agree with the terms of this license you must remove Hot Copy Paste files from your storage devices and cease to use the product.

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May 17, 2022
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