We’re going to show you how to create a shortcut that will let you clear the Windows clipboard anytime you like by clicking its icon. Why would you want to clear the clipboard? Because massive amounts of data copied to the clipboard can slow your computer down significantly. Plus, information stored on the Windows clipboard may contain personal and private information you don’t want anyone else to access, for instance credit card numbers, phone numbers, addresses and the like. Information stored on the Windows clipboard is the least secure of all. Any Web site can access your clipboard with a simple script. In fact, many Web sites do – but not for malicious purposes. Any Web site that allows you to fill forms, write email, documents, etc. will have a copy/paste feature. Where do you think that information goes to and comes from? Right! Your Windows clipboard.
It’s better to keep it clear of data just to be on the safe side and to keep your computer running at optimal speed.
And this is also a quick and easy way to clear your clipboard if you copied something that you don’t want to leave on the clipboard that someone could come along and see – even by accident. It could be embarrassing in a work environment for example.
Enough yammering! Here’s how you create a shortcut to clear the Windows Vista and Windows 7 clipboard.
Right click on an empty area of your desktop and choose “New” and “Shortcut”
Type in the following command (exactly)
cmd /c “echo off | clip”
Now, click “Next” and then give the shortcut a name (“Clear Clipboard” would be nice, eh?)
Click “Finish” and that’s all there is to it. The Clear Clipboard icon will on your desktop but it doesn’t have to stay there if you don’t want it there. You can drag it to your start menu or to your Quick Launch toolbar (in Vista) or to your Taskbar in Windows 7. Or, if you’re not a neat-freak, you can leave it right there on your desktop.
Now, anytime you want to clear the clipboard, all you have to do is just click your “Clear Clipboard” icon.