How to Automatically Clear Clipboard When Computer Is Idle

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This tutorial explains how to automatically clear clipboard when the computer is idle. This can be done easily using a free software, called “Clipboard Auto-Clear“. Using this software, you can set the idle time for 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds, or 20 seconds. After that, whatever is copied to the clipboard is wiped out automatically.

Normally, when we copy something on the clipboard, it remains there until we copy something else. But, using this software, the clipboard content is cleared automatically when computer remains idle for the specified time. You can choose only pre-defined time intervals as there is no option to set custom time interval. Still, the software is good as it helps to clear the clipboard automatically when PC is idle for specified seconds.

automatically clear clipboard when computer is idle

The recording above shows copied content was cleared from the clipboard automatically after 5 seconds. All it was made possible using this software.

How to Automatically Clear Clipboard When Computer Is Idle?

Get the setup of this software. You can use this link to access the homepage and grab the setup. After installation, run the software and its small interface will be in front of you.

This is the main interface of this software visible in the screenshot below. There are only two options: set the PC idle time and Start the software automatically when Windows starts (choose Yes or No). You can set idle time for 5, 10, 15, or 20 seconds.

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That’s it! Now you can minimize this software in the system tray. When you will copy something, it will be cleared from the clipboard automatically based on the PC idle time. I must say the software works very well. It is so because if you will move mouse cursor a bit, it will count the idle time again from the starting. So, clipboard item(s) will be cleared only when the computer is actually idle.

You may also try some best free clipboard managers covered by us.

The Verdict:

There are some cases when it is actually good to keep the clipboard cleared. For example, to avoid pasting clipboard content accidentally, for security purpose, etc. This software is handy for such cases. I really wish it would have provided the option to set the custom idle time, but it is not available. However, the preset time intervals to clear clipboard automatically are good enough for me.

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