Features

As of Quick Clipboard Editor Beta release v0.1.5 (2022-09-12)

INTRODUCTION

  • QCE is an Editor directly connected to the Clipboard allowing to do quick touch-ups, find and replace, trimming, etc. to the content of your Clipboard
  • By default, QCE is started when you launch your computer and the Editor window is displayed when you launch QCE (you can change this in the Options menu)

EDITOR WINDOW

GENERAL

  • To display the Editor window, hit Ctrl + Middle Mouse Button or press Ctrl + Win + V (these shortcuts can be changed in the Options menu)
  • When displayed, the Editor initially contains the actual content of the Clipboard and is in a read-only state

VIEWING AND EDITING

  • The Editor can be in one of these two modes:
    • Read-only: any change in the Clipboard as you copy or cut text from any application is immediately reflected in the editor in read-only mode
    • Editing: then, the Editor works as any editor, you can add pieces of text using the Clipboard copy/cut/paste commands, or the Clipboard history as you would do with any other editor
  • When the editor is in Read-only mode, it is synchronized with the Clipboard and selecting an item from a Clipboard history tools updates instantly the content of the Editor
  • Press the Edit Clipboard button (or press Ctrl + E) to edit the text from the Clipboard
  • When you’re done with your changes, click the Save to Clipboard to put the content of the Editor back in the Clipboard and paste it in any application

TOOL BAR

  • Options above the editor box allows to select a Fixed width font, a Font size, the Always on top property of the Editor and Word wrap
  • Also, when the Editor is in read-only state, you can reveals the end-of-line and tabs characters by checking the Invisible characters checkbox

BOTTOM BUTTONS

  • Edit Clipboard to change Clipboard’s content
  • Save to Clipboard to save the content of the editor to the Clipboard (enabled if the Editor’s content was changed)
  • Cancel to revert to the current content of the Clipboard
  • Close to close the window
  • If a Clipboard history tool is configured in Options, two arrow buttons on the left and the right of the window allow to navigate in the Clipboard history (at this time, it’s been partially implement with Ditto only and will be implement with the Windows 10+ Clipboard history)

STATUS BAR

  • The left section of the status bar shows the length of the Editor’s content with the label Read-only when the content is synchronized with the Clipboard or the label Editing when it is temporarily disconnected from the Clipboard
  • The last section shows the current cursor position: line number, character position on current line (for the left side of the editor), position from the beginning and length of selected text
  • Save to Clipboard (Ctrl + S) saves the editor content to the Clipboard
  • Other available commands are: Close the window (Esc), Open Settings Folder, Restart Quick Clipboard Editor or Exit Quick Clipboard Editor (Alt + F4)

EDIT MENU

  • If the Edit menu is disabled, just turn the Editor to the edit mode by clicking the Edit Clipboard button or hitting Ctrl + E
  • The standard Edit menu commands are available Cut (Ctrl + X), Copy (Ctrl + C), Paste (Ctrl + V), Delete (Del) and Select All (Ctrl + A)
  • You can also open the Edit menu in the editor using Right-Click or pressing Ctrl + E or Shift + F10

Find

  • Open the Find menu or hit Ctrl + F, enter the text to search and click the Go button (or hit Enter)
  • You can use the backtick sequences `t and `n to search for tabs or new lines
  • Select if you want the search with exact case match
  • The search starts at the current position and stops at the end of the text or at the end of the selection
  • When the found text is highlighted, click OK to search for the next occurrence or Cancel to interrupt the search
  • After the search action is interrupted, you can use the Find next (F3) and Find previous (Shift + F3) shortcuts to search for other occurrences of the text searched

Find and replace

  • Open the Find and replace menu or hit Ctrl + H, enter the text to search, the replacement text and click the Go button (or hit Enter)
  • You can use the backtick sequences `t and `n to search for or replace with tabs or new lines
  • Select if you want the search and replace with exact case match
  • The search and replace starts at the current position and stops at the end of the text
  • When the found text is highlighted, click Yes to replace, No to jump to the next occurrence or Cancel to interrupt the search and replace

Find and replace all

  • Open the Find and replace all menu or hit Shift + Ctrl + H, enter the text to search, the replacement text and click the Replace all button (or hit Enter)
  • You can use the backtick sequences `t and `n to search for or replace with tabs or new lines
  • Select if you want the search and replace with exact case match
  • The found text is replaced immediately in the whole editor content or in the selected tex

Text editing commands

The following commands from the Edit menu are applied to the whole content of the editor or only to the selected text

Change case

  • Under the Change case menu, choose the case you want to apply to the Editor’s content or selected text Lower case, Upper case, Title case (upper case first letter of each word), Sentence case (upper case first letter of each sentence) or Toggle case
  • This will change the case of the whole content of the editor or only of the selected text

Prefix/Suffix

  • In the dialog box, type the text or the characters to add at the beginning or at the end of each line of the Editor’s content or the selected text
  • You can use the backtick sequences `t and `n to insert tabs or new lines
  • All lines or only selected lines will be changed
  • If you add prefix or suffix to a selection, make sure you do not select the beginning of the line after the selection to avoid changing this line (end your selection at the end of the last line)

Substring

  • Set the beginning and the end of the text to keep on each line of the Clipboard’s content
  • Keep the text of each line From:
    • the start of each line
    • a given position
    • or the beginning or end of a given string (w/o an offset)
  • Keep the text up To:
    • the end of each line
    • a given number of characters
    • a given number of characters before the end of the line
    • or the begin or end of a given string (w/o an offset)

SORTING

  • Quick Sort : sort alphabetically the Editor’s lines (all lines or selected lines)
  • Sort with options: Reverse order, Numeric values, Case sensitive, Case sensitive considering regional settings, From a given position, From last backslash, Unique (remove duplicate lines) and Randomly
  • Sort again (same options): sort the Editor’s lines with the options defined the last time the Sort with options command was used

OPTIONS MENU

  • Select the mouse or keyboard hotkeys for the Editor window
  • Select Launch QCE with Windows to launch QCE at Windows startup
  • Select Display Editor window at startup to display it at QCE startup
  • Edit QuickClipboardEditor.ini file to edit other options (see Settings below)

HELP MENU

  • With the standard Visit QCE website, Make a donation, Check for update and About Quick Clipboard Editor menu items

TRAY MENU

  • Right-click on the QCE icon on the task bar to open the Tray menu
  • Open the Editor window
  • Open the QCE Settings Folder where you can edit the Settings file QuickClipboardEditor.ini
  • Toggle Suspend Hotkeys and Display Editor window at startup options
  • Restart Quick Clipboard Editor or Exit Quick Clipboard Editor

SETTING FILE (to be completed as of 2022-09-12)

The following options can be configured by editing the QuickClipboardEditor.ini file (until an “Options” dialog box is developed)

[Launch]

QCETempFolder=%TEMP%

  • location of the temporary folder created for QCE execution

BackupFolder=

  • location of the backup of your settings file (by default, same as the working folder)

DisplayTrayTip=1

  • 1 to display a popup message on the task bar when QAP is launched (replace 1 with 0 if you don’t want it)

Check4Update=1

  • 1 to check for new version (replace 1 with 0 if you don’t want it)

DiagMode=0

  • log debugging values in a diagnostic file (not implemented yet)

LaunchAtStartup=1

  • launch QCE at Windows startup (default is 1 for Setup installation and 0 for portable installation)

AlternativeTrayIcon=

  • icon replacing the QCE default icon file on the taskbar

LanguageCode=EN

  • language code (only EN is implemented)

[Hotkeys]

OpenEditorHotkeyMouse=^MButton

OpenEditorHotkeyKeyboard=^#v

  • keyboard and mouse hotkeys used to show the Rules and Editor window (use the “Options” menu of each window to edit these values)

[EditorWindow]

DisplayEditorAtStartup=1

  • display the Editor window at QCE startup (replace 1 with 0 if you don’t want it)

RememberEditorPosition=1

  • display the Editor window at that its position when exited QCE (replace 1 with 0 if you don’t want it)

OpenEditorOnActiveMonitor=1

  • if you have multiple monitors, display the Editor window on the active monitor (replace 1 with 0 if you don’t want it)

FixedFont=1

  • display the Editor’s edit box in a fixed font

FontSize=12

  • size of Editor’s font

AlwaysOnTop=0

  • keep the Editor window always visible

WordWrap=1

  • display long lines on a single line or on multiple lines

UseTab=0

  • allows insertion of tabs in the Editor with the Tab key (replace 0 with 1 if you want to use tab in the editor; otherwise use Ctrl + Tab to insert tabs)

ClipboardHistory=C:\Users\Jean Lalonde\AppData\Roaming\Ditto\Ditto.db

  • Path to the database of the Clipboard history tool

DarkMode=1

  • Enable the dark mode when Windows is in dark mode (replace 1 with 0 to stay in light mode when Windows is in dark mode)