FRSPasty is a software tool that remembers what you have copied to the Windows Clipboard, so that you can later retrieve that same information again, and again copy it to the Windows Clipboard without first having to go back to the original source of that data.

What is the Windows Clipboard?

The Windows Clipboard is a hidden feature of Windows that holds copied text, images, and/or files in some temporary memory in your computer. For example, if you are editing a spreadsheet and you want to copy the same number to a couple of spots in the spreadsheet, you use the Clipboard to copy the original text, and then paste that text into the one or more locations where you want to duplicate that number.

The downside with the Windows Clipboard is that it only remembers one thing. The next time you copy something else to the Clipboard, it discards what it had before. This is where FRSPasty comes in. It continues to remember everything you added to the Windows Clipboard.

This is handy for when you need it to remember two or more bits of text, or more than one part of an image from one that you are editing in an image editor. This also comes in handy when you copy something and then wind up deleting the original. No big deal, until ten minutes later when you realize that you want that same thing back again. FRSPasty comes to the rescue!

How Do I Get Content to the Windows Clipboard?

For most software applications, such as word processors, spreadsheet programs, web browsers, or image editors, you can use that application's "Edit | Copy" menu command (or its equivalent keyboard shortcut, usually "Ctrl+C") to copy content in the application to the Windows Clipboard. You can usually also move content to the Windows Clipboard by using the "Edit | Cut" menu command (or its keyboard equivalent, usually "Ctrl+X"). The same is true in Windows Explorer, where those commands can be used to copy or move one or more files or an entire folder/directory to the Windows Clipboard.

Another Windows feature that uses the Windows Clipboard is the "PrtScn" or Print Screen keyboard button. When you press this button, everything you see on your computer screen (except for the cursor) is stored as an image in the Windows Clipboard. Also, if you press and hold the "Alt" button and then press the "PrtScn" button, only the window with the focus is copied to the Clipboard. This is handy for when you don't want to copy the entire screen.

How Do I Use FRSPasty?

FRSPasty listing

(fig. 1: showing all content)

Our recommendation is that you have Windows automatically start FRSPasty when you boot up your computer. That way it is there, quietly storing all the data that you copy to the Windows Clipboard. Most of the time you won't need FRSPasty. However, when you do, it is there for you.

When you discover that you need something that you copied to the Windows Clipboard, simply browse through the entries that FRSPasty shows, click on the entry, and re-copy the content shown on the right back to the Windows Clipboard using the button in the lower-right-hand corner of the application's window.

Want to Remember Text "Permanently"?

FRSPasty's Keep List

(fig. 2: showing the Keep List)

You can move text that FRSPasty discovered on the Windows Clipboard to its "Keep List". Anything that you move to the "Keep List" is remembered across sessions of FRSPasty. This is handy if you find yourself needing the same bit of text over and over again over several days.

To use this feature, simply select the text entry of interest, and click on the "Move to Keep" button. You can verify that it was moved by clicking on the "Keep List" option above the Clipboard listing.

You can use the arrow buttons below the "Keep" list to manually sort the entries in this list.

How Do I Get the Latest Version?

For free applications we do not support automatic upgrading from within the application. We, therefore, recommend that you check our News page (see above) from time to time to see if we have released a new version of FRSPasty. The application is fairly stable in the feature set we want to include in it, so upgrades shouldn't happen very often. If a new version is made available, simply download it via the "Download" tab above. You can safely install over top of the previous installation, as it will preserve your application settings. Be sure to close the application first, though.