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CLIP2Txt: Copy the contents of the Windows Clipboard to a file
Version 2.02



What is CLIP2Txt?

CLIP2Txt is a FREEWARE utility for Windows command files. CLIP2Txt will copy the contents of the Windows Clipboard to a file or to the screen (console).

We also provide TEXT2Clp, a command line utility to copy the contents of a file to the Windows Clipboard.

CLIP2Txt is free software and comes with full source code. No purchase necessary, but donations are welcome!

Version Information

CLIP2Txt Version 2.02 (Copy the contents of the Windows Clipboard to a file)
Copyright © 1999, 2015, 2016, James Greene

New in Version 2.02:

  • Added support for additional formats (e.g. HTML, RTF, Unicode, ...)
    • Added additional parsing capabilities for the command line parameters
    • Added additional code to grab the right format from the Clipboard
    • Added support for the C2T file format, to be used in conjunction with TEXT2CLP version 2.0 or higher.
  • Compiled with gcc version 5.3.0 and tested on Windows 10 (64 bit)

For more details, please see the version information provided with the application.



Downloading CLIP2Txt

  1. Download and store it into a temporary directory, e.g. C:\TEMP
    DownloadCLIP2Txt Download Germany (Germany)
    DownloadCLIP2Txt Download Switzerland (Switzerland)
    Version 2.02
    06. December 2016
    53 KB Freeware
    US$ 0.00

  2. ZIP archives can be opened with the Windows Explorer, no additional software is required. Double-click on the file to view the archive contents. These can be copied to any folder on your machine.



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CLIP2Txt is free software, distributed under GNU General Public License, Version 3.

CLIP2Txt Version 2.02 (Copy the contents of the Windows Clipboard to a file)
Copyright © 1999, 2015, 2016, James Greene

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see

If you would like to make a donation to the author as a token of your appreciation for this fine piece of free software, please contact

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For more information about the full range of features, Download CLIP2Txt and try it out. If you like what you see, please ! Thank you!



Usage: CLIP2TXT.exe [options] filename [options]

Options: ( /option and --option are also accepted )
  -D[isplay]   = Display the clipboard contents on the screen.
  -H[elp]      = Display this usage information.
  -?           = Same as -help.
  -N[ologo]    = Don't display the Copyright banner.
  -Q[uiet]     = Same as -nologo.
  -S[ilent]    = Same as -nologo.
  -F[ormat]=[xyz] where [xyz] = ASC or DOS, ANS or TXT, HTM, UNI, RTF or C2T.
                  for ASCII, ANSI, HTML, UNICODE, Rich Text Format or CLIP2Txt.
  -T[ranslate] = (depreciated) same as -FORMAT:DOS.

Options are not case-sensitive, and can be abbreviated to one character.

The following options are all interpreted the same:
-d, /d, -D, /D, --DISPLAY, /Display, -dIsP, ... you get the idea!

If no filename is specified, the clipboard contents will be displayed on the screen, translated for MS-DOS compatibility. In other words, "CLIP2TXT > FOO.TXT" is equivalent to "CLIP2TXT -F:DOS FOO.TXT". If a filename is specified, the -FORM:DOS option must be specified if you want the ASCII character set.


   Copies the Windows Clipboard contents to the file FOO.TXT in the current directory.

CLIP2TXT -f:dos "C:\My Documents\Long File Name.txt"
   Copies the Clipboard to the specified file. Filenames containing spaces must be "enclosed in double quotes."

CLIP2TXT -f:c2t Clipboard.c2t
   Copies the text (HTML, RTF, UNICODE and TEXT) contents of the Clipboard to the file Clipboard.c2t. This file can be used by TEXT2CLP to restore the contents of the Clipboard later.

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This page was last updated on Tuesday, 06. December 2016.

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