For one reason or another, I occasionally need to run Internet Explorer from the command line - maybe a script, maybe a shortcut, whatever. Good luck finding documentation on the available command line arguments for it, though, and iexplore doesn’t respond to “/?” or anything.
After posting about several clipboard management software packages I’d tried that didn’t quite meet my needs, I got some great comments from readers and tried out a few suggested packages.
I finally ended up with ClipX - it does everything I was hoping for.
- You can right-click on the tray icon and select a clip, making it the active clip on the clipboard but not automatically pasting anything into any application.
- You can use an alternate “paste” key to have the menu of clips pop up right in the application you’re working in and select the clip to make active and paste - no confusing out-of-application experience.
- The interface is minimal - there’s no giant explorer window to deal with. The biggest it gets is the “clip management” window that lists out the current set of clips and lets you edit or delete them, but even that is basically just a big listbox.
- It’s got a plugin SDK and a few interesting plugins ready for download.
- There are configuration options, but not so many it’s overwhelming and every one of them makes sense.
Installed and loving it so far.
Here’s the interface working inline - hit the “alternate paste” key (by default Ctrl-Shift-V) to bring this up and select a clip to paste in…
And here’s the tray menu where you can just select the clip to make active without actually having to paste anything…
I’m digging it. Check it out.
More a reminder for me than anything… last week I was having a hell of a time getting my Pocket PC to sync up. I’m not sure what happened - one second it was working, then it disconnected and wouldn’t reconnect again. Rebooted and no luck. I ended up figuring that something weird happened to the drivers (it kept registering as an “unknown device”).
But where do you get the USB drivers for Pocket PC?
This is what I ended up using and it seems to support a load of models (including my ViewSonic V37). Now I’m back in business.
For those who haven’t jumped neck deep in PowerShell, it’s a pain to generate GUIDs. That GuidGen app that comes with Visual Studio is a pain.
Everyone’s chipped in their own three-line GUID command-line generator, but I wrote one that fits my needs, so I figured I’d post it.
How’s it different? Mine emulates the formatting for all of the available formats in standard GuidGen (though, admittedly, I don’t use the C++ formats like IMPLEMENT_OLECREATE so someone will have to tell me if what I’m doing is messed up) and it lets you create multiple GUIDs at once. The entire output gets copied to the clipboard, too, so if you just generated 15 GUIDs and you need to paste them into a file, you don’t have to copy each individually or generate 15 separate GUIDs.
I didn’t bother even including a readme or anything with this because it’s dead simple.