HovText  .:: a simple Windows .NET open source clipboard manager

HovText is a simple free open source Windows .NET Framework clipboard manager, which will remove any formatting from the copied text and save it for later retrieval via hotkeys. It stores both the unformatted cleartext and the original formatting along with images.

Fun facts




This is a little background history for HovText - a little trip down memory lane :-)


HovText is a rather old application which saw its first light back in 2004. It did start with me, Dennis, having a need to remove formatting from the text I copied and I did convince my programming buddy, Jesper, to develop it as Jesper does C# development as a living. By time HovText got refined and better and it did culminate with a rather good and stable HovText in 2011, version 3, though it was released as a BETA only. However then timed changed - both in terms of Windows and its newer versions and breaking changes, which made HovText very unstable and also the lack of programming motivation from Jesper, as it was not something he used at all... so understandable that this could not continue forever. So the project was abandoned in 2015 and we declared the project as DEAD... End of Life! :-/

As time did pass then in 2020 it did get a renewed interest as I was really motivated and dedicated to get this done as I could not live with the unstable old HovText and no other clipboard managers or "remove formatting" products did fully live up to my expectations, so after one last motivational and long speak, then I did succeed to motivate Jesper for a final one-off programming day where Jesper did help lay the foundation for a new REBOOTED edition of HovText. Jesper helped me understand the basics of C# and we did manage to create an initial draft version, that had many of the core functionalities from the old version.

After that then I did fully take over the programming and with Google and Stack Overflow as best friends, then I got the hang of it and quite a few new versions were quickly released. The newer versions even expands the functionalities from the legacy version.

A personal comment from me - as C# is very new to me, then I do expect it will not be that difficult to find places where it will fail. The application fully works for me and it does not break down or alike but I know how complex setups can be, so I can easily imagine you will get in to problems copy/pasting from various applications or alike. If you can reproduce the error then let me know but as I have limited C# experience, I will not guarantee anything!
You can also help out with the development through the HovText GitHub project page.

As this is the HovText history then I find it appropriate to show a picture from HovText v1.0, released 2004-April-26:

The Hovgaard Klan

Back in the good old MS-DOS days then Jesper and I formed the informal The Hovgaard Klan (HovKlan) where we did make many small DOS utilities for ourself and our friends. We love open source and we want to continue in that spirit, which is why we always have kept HovText open source and free for everyone to look in to or even get inspired from, if possible.

We have done quite a few small tools used primarily by ourself. This was (for us at least) pre-internet, so you will probably not find any information for it but HovPlay was distributed outside our inner circles and it was the "biggest" of the below ones. It was a computer CD player that could show some track information of the played song, if the CD was already indexed by us or others - it was a nice little gimmick in the old days :-)
  • 1993, HovDir (MS-DOS)
  • 1995, HovBirth (MS-DOS)
  • 1995, HovEvent (MS-DOS)
  • 1996, HovFido (MS-DOS)
  • 1996, HovPlay (MS-DOS)
  • 2004, HovText (Windows)
  • 2004, HovMon (Windows)

If you like/dislike HovText, have any feedback or you want to report an error, then we would appreciate your comment from the Contact page or the "Feedback" tab inside the application but otherwise please enjoy using HovText. It is for sure heavily used in my daily operation so at least it has one happy customer :-)

HovText is made in Denmark: