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.

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HovText removes any text formatting from the clipboard and it works as a clipboard manager that can store and retrieve previous copied texts and images. Any text in the clipboard will be pasted as cleartext without any HTML code, font size, color or formatting etc. HovText remembers all copied texts and it is possible to restore the original formatting on the previous copied texts.

A typical scenario is to copy a text from the internet and paste this into e.g. Outlook, Word or alike. If the copied text has formatting, then this will be pasted along also and that is often inconvenient as it spoils the current formatting for the document. Some applications has their own way of importing the unformatted text, but with HovText then ALL programs has this option and it works in the same way... all the time :-)

You can say that it works basically in the same way as copying the formatted text to Notepad and then copy the text from Notepad and insert in to e.g. Word or Outlook + it will remove any whitespaces or new-lines in the beginning or end of the text.

List of features available in HovText:
  • Removes all formatting from the clipboard
  • Remembers all copied texts and images that can be easily restored via a clipboard manager
  • Keeps the most used clipboard entries at top
  • Favorite entries can be marked for quicker retrival
  • Can restore original text formatting
  • Can act as a text-only clipboard manager but can also handle images
  • Possibility to remove leading/trailing whitespaces and new-lines
  • Full unicode support
  • Automatic check for new versions
  • Flexible layout settings with e.g. list-view, positioning, screen and styling
  • Configurable global hotkeys for all actions
  • Built-in cleanup possibility as-if application has never been run on system
  • No installation required - portable executeable
  • Requires Windows 10 and .NET Framework 4.8 or newer
  • No transfer of data anywhere - no cloud or clipboard sharing
  • No registration or advertising - no nags
  • Freeware and open source available on GitHub
Let us show an example from "almost the real life".

We have this text from a browser that we need to copy (this is from a online dictionary):

[ Text quote to be copied ]
"genius - genius (fx a mathematical genius; it requires neither genius nor second sight to prophesy the effects of this policy on the future output of scientists and engineers); a person of superior intellectual faculties."

Let us say that we need to paste this text into Outlook with the HTML email format.
Below shows what is not wanted.

[ Result without HovText ]
Hey boss.

As we agreed I hereby send my new title for my business card. I hope you will accept it as you can see here what it means :-)

"genius - genius (fx a mathematical genius; it requires neither genius nor second sight to prophesy the effects of this policy on the future output of scientists and engineers); a person of superior intellectual faculties."

Regards Mr. Gates / Micro$oft

Typical you wish to use the same formatting as already used in Outlook.
Below shows the wanted result.

[ Result with HovText ]
Hey boss.

As we agreed I hereby send my new title for my business card. I hope you will accept it as you can see here what it means :-)

"genius - genius (fx a mathematical genius; it requires neither genius nor second sight to prophesy the effects of this policy on the future output of scientists and engineers); a person of superior intellectual faculties."

Regards Mr. Gates / Micro$oft
      

Try it out with and without HovText enabled :-)