The User Interface > ClipBar
The ClipBar integrates right into the windows taskbar, showing the current clip, and up to two rows of toolbar buttons.
It's completely customizable so that you can have your most frequently used ClipMate commands right on the taskbar. It's integrated with QuickPaste, giving you quick access to your clips right on the windows taskbar. Just click the drop-down arrow, and a modified version of ClipMate Classic pops up, giving you access to your clips. Just double-click and the clip is pasted right where you were working. Or drag 'n' drop a clip into most OLE-compliant application like IE, Word, and FireFox. And of course, with the ClipBar active, you can always see what's on the clipboard!
ClipBar shown with "pop-up" list of clips.
The ClipBar will show the active clip, and has a drop-down button that will summon ClipMate to show the current ClipList. From there, you can double-click on a clip to paste a clip into a target, use drag/drop to insert a clip, or just select a clip and use ESC (or click the drop-down button again) to dismiss. You can also add other buttons to activate many of ClipMate's functions, such as PowerPaste, screen capture, filtering, etc..
The ClipList that is shown is actually ClipMate Classic, re-positioned when summoned from the ClipBar.
Installation (Before use, the ClipBar must be activated by Windows Explorer)
Activating the ClipBar
There is a systemwide hotkey reserved for showing the ClipBar from the keyboard. It's configurable in the Hotkeys screen, and the default is the "Windows" key + V (Win+V).
The ClipBar can show one or two toolbar rows, depending on how tall the Windows taskbar is. The top row will always show the current clip, with drop-down button. There's a little slider that will hide/reveal other buttons to the left of the clip display. If you have top toolbar (toolbar1) set to load no other buttons, then the slider will not be displayed, allowing for a more compact display.
Making Room On The Taskbar
While the ClipBar is certainly handy, it does compete for space on the taskbar along with the other toolbar areas, such as the QuickStart Bar and SysTray, and possibly others. Here are some tips on managing your taskbar space.
Q: I have activated the ClipBar, but it doesn't show up
A: Make sure that the taskbar isn't LOCKED. Right-click on taskbar, and make sure that there is no checkmark next to "lock the taskbar".
Q: The ClipBar does not show up on the menu.
A: Sometimes Windows doesn't realize that a new toolbar is available. You may need to "wake it up" by re-sizing the taskbar, or by lock/un-locking it. This is usually enough to get it to see the new entry in the "toolbars" sub-menu. In some cases, a re-boot may be required.
Q: Why does "ClipBar Dock Panel" appear?
A: When ClipMate isn't running, or when it IS running but has become disconnected from the taskbar, you will see a "placeholder" panel on the taskbar that says "ClipBar Dock Panel". This is the portion of the ClipBar that is "owned" by the Taskbar, and is merely an empty frame with a "re-connect" button that will attempt to make ClipMate re-connect, and can sometimes launch ClipMate if it isn't running.
Q: I've undocked the dock panel and it's floating on my desktop. Help!
A: Try to re-dock it. If you can't, then close it, and re-activate from the "toolbars" menu that comes up when you right-click on the taskbar.
Q: The ClipBar appears "washed out" on Windows7.
A: With a light desktop background, or a lightly-colored window slid "behind" the taskbar, there is a problem with transparency. We are working on a solution for this.