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I have always wondered why Windows only allows you to store one clipboard item. On a normal work day, it usually happens several times that I have to access previous clipboard entries that were already overwritten with new ones. Many clipboard managers are available that pick up the slack; this doesn't really excuse the lack of this Windows feature but it at least offers a solution. I hope Windows 8 will come with its own clipboard manager.
I have tried a few clipboard managers. I am currently using ClipX, which hasn't been updated for quite some time. However, it still works fine under Windows 7. ClipX monitors all the clipboard activity and stores all items in a clipboard history file. You can access previous clipboard items through its popup menu, which you launch with a configurable hotkey.
ClipX supports common media types such as text, pictures, and file and folder links. The popup menu will show you a list of the last clipboard items, which you can then paste to the new location either by clicking or selecting with the cursor. The cool thing is that this even works after reboots.
You can also save the clipboard history to a file that you can load again into ClipX at a later time. Also useful is that you can search in the clipboard history, clear the clipboard history, and edit and delete particular clipboard items. You can access this function and the configuration options by right-clicking the tool's systray icon.
Let me know which clipboard manager is your favorite. Here is a list of free clipboard managers.