Clipboard Manager

Clipboard Manager

Win32 and 64, English

Autodesk, Inc.
The Clipboard Manager plugin can be used with AutoCAD® to manage multiple clipboard entries, storing and renaming them for later use.

General Usage Instructions

Once loaded, the CLIPBOARD command can be used to display the Clipboard Manager palette. The CLIPBOARD command is also added to a panel in the Plug-Ins tab on the AutoCAD Ribbon Bar. When using Ctrl-C (or COPYCLIP) inside AutoCAD, this palette will display each new set of AutoCAD objects added to the clipboard for later use. Each new item is assigned a name automatically, which can be changed using the right-click menu, F2 or double-clicking on the name. It also shows the time at which the item was added as well as a preview of the contents. The right-click menu also allows each clipboard item to be inserted, whether as standard geometry or a block at a selected point, or at the geometry's original location (if pasting objects between drawings).




The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from AutoCAD Exchange has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart AutoCAD to activate the plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, simply rerun the installer by downloading it again from Exchange, and select the 'Uninstall' button, or you can uninstall it from 'Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features' (Windows 7) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP), just as you would uninstall any other application from your system. The panel on the Plug-ins tab will not be removed until AutoCAD is restarted.

Additional Information

This plug-in was written by Mark Dubbelaar, and edited by Kean Walmsley, for publishing on his blog. It became a Plugin of the Month on Autodesk Labs. ADN Plugins of the Month are provided with full source code that has been installed with this plug-in. While the code is not needed to make use of the plug-in, it will be useful should you want to understand how the plug-in works or to extend its functionality to meet your specific needs. Many thanks to Mark for generously providing this very useful plug-in.

Known Issues

"Paste to Original Coordinates" will only work when pasting between AutoCAD drawings: this is as designed and is AutoCAD's standard behavior.


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Version History

Version Number Version Description


Added support to AutoCAD 2016 (No change in version number).


Added support to AutoCAD 2015 (No change in version number).


Added support to AutoCAD 2014 (No change in version number).


Updated to support AutoCAD 2013 Exchange Store autoloader bundle format


Added VS 2010 project required for AutoCAD 2013


Updated to support AutoCAD 2012 Exchange Store autoloader bundle format.


Updated help to HTML file and to reflect new load mechanism.


Labs release (equivalent to 1.0.9)


Added setting of "hold" flag to make sure additional entries don't get added to the clipboard by the fix introduced in 1.0.7 for image preview


Fixed crash when temp folder was not cleared


Added call to set focus back to AutoCAD and avoid extra click


Fixed preview to work when other formats invalidate the DataObjects


Added "Export to DWG" capability


Added efficient auto-cropping for the preview image

Removing all entries now clears the preview image

Refactored code to separate image-related functions


Added check for invalid clipboard entries (if one exists on the clipboard a prior session)


Added inefficient auto-cropping for the preview image


Added previewing capability


Modified demand-loading code to create Applications key, if needed (to support for products such as AutoCAD Electrical)


Disabled copying/pasting of partial MText


Changed scope of palette and control to be shared

Added handler to deal with "Requested Clipboard operation did not succeed" exception


Added release history to ReadMe


Original release

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