ClipboardFusion Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I install the Free version of ClipboardFusion?

ClipboardFusion uses the same installer for both the Free and the Pro version. If you don't enter a license key during the installation, you'll get an automatic 30-day trial of the Pro features.

After the 30-day trial is up, ClipboardFusion will automatically revert to the Free version. If you'd prefer to revert ClipboardFusion to the Free version before the end of the trial, please follow these steps:

  • Open the ClipboardFusion Settings window
  • Click the License Key tab
  • Click the "Change to Free Version"
  • Click Apply

After performing the steps above, ClipboardFusion will revert to the Free version, with the Pro features disabled. After reverting to the Free version, you'll no longer receive message box prompts to upgrade to the Pro version.

Can I transfer my license to a different computer?

A ClipboardFusion Pro license key can certainly be transferred to a different computer! The license key can be installed on a different computer if you have done any of the following on the old computer first:

  • Cleared the license key from the ClipboardFusion Settings > License Key tab and applied the settings (reverts ClipboardFusion to the Free version)
  • Completely uninstalled ClipboardFusion
  • Wiped or scrap the old computer

Basically, as long as DisplayFusion is no longer in use on the old computer, you're good to use your existing key on a new computer.

How do I ignore clipboard changes from specific programs?

If you've got a program that you'd like ClipboardFusion to ignore, such as a password manager, you can add it to the "Ignore Programs" list in the ClipboardFusion Settings.

  • Make sure the program you want to ignore is running
  • Open the ClipboardFusion Settings window
  • Click the Ignore Programs tab
  • Click the Add button
  • Select the program from the list and click OK
  • Click Apply

ClipboardFusion for Linux

1. Download the correct binary for your Linux distro:

2. Install the Qt 5.1 framework by going to http://qt-project.org/downloads/ and selecting the correct file for your machine. You may need to modify the file permissions to allow you to execute the file:

  • chmod u+x qtinstaller

3. Add the Qt libraries to LD_LIBRARYPATH by executing the following commands in the terminal, where path_to_qt_installation is where you installed Qt, and qt_version is the version folder inside your Qt directory:

  • note: on 64bit systems, gcc will be called gcc_64
  • sudo sh -c 'echo "/path_to_qt_installation/qt_version/gcc/lib" > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/qtlib.conf'
  • sudo ldconfig

4. Run the ClipboardFusion binary

5. For Ubuntu users with Unity:

  • Run install.sh and move the generated .desktop file to wherever you please (.desktop file extension may be hidden)
  • Double-click the .desktop file

How do I perform a Silent Installation?

Starting with ClipboardFusion 3.0, we've added a bunch of useful options to the silent installer. Please click one of the links below to view the details for that installer type.

Important Note: When deploying the MSI Installer via Group Policy Software Installation, you absolutely must use the included MST (transform) file on the Modifications tab, otherwise the installation will never complete.

Text Queries

Simple Searching

A string without quotes, brackets, or mustaches ({ and }) will be treated as a "Match Any Word" search if multiple words are specified. To search for an exact string, you can wrap the string in quotes and use the equality operator (see below).

Note: If you'd like to search for text that contains invalid characters (such as brackets or special characters), you'll need to wrap the string in quotes. For example, if you'd like to find part of a function in your source code files, enter the following (including the quotes) in the Query box:

Advanced Searching

You can use the +, OR and - operators to create more advanced search queries. Operators are not case-sensitive, but capitalizing them can improve the readability of your search query.

Operator: +

The + operator will only match if the text contains both of the query terms. Here are some examples:

Match anything that has both cats and dogs:
   cats +dogs

Match anything that has all 4 animals (cats, dogs, horses, cows):
   cats +dogs +horses +cows

Operator: OR

The OR operator is represented as a space between string matches. It will match anything that has at least one of your query terms:

Match anything that has either cats or dogs:
   cats dogs

Match anything that has any of the 4 animals:
   cats dogs horses cows

Operator: -

Using the - operator will match anything that doesn't have the query term in it. Here are some examples:

Match anything without the word dogs:

Match anything that doesn't contain dogs or cats:
   -(dogs cats)
   -dogs -cats

Using Multiple Operators

You can use multiple operators together, to form more complex queries. Here are some examples:

Match anything that doesn't contain cats, but does contain dogs, or contains fish:
   -cats +dogs OR fish
   ((-cats) +dogs) OR fish

Operator Precedence

When more than one operator is used in a query, - is processed first, then +, then OR. To change the precedence of operators, use brackets to separate different statements in your query, much like how you would in an arithmetic expression. Brackets may also improve the readability of your queries, and do not affect performance. Here are some examples:

In this example, dogs and birds will be evaluated first because + has a higher precedence than OR:
   cats dogs +birds

To change the meaning of the example above, use brackets:
   (cats dogs) +birds

The example below has the same meaning as the first example, but is much easier to understand:
   (dogs +birds) cats

You can use the - operator to invert the meaning of a bracketed query. The query below will search for all text that doesn't contain dogs, or doesn't contain cats:
   -(dogs +cats)

The query below will search for either cats or dogs, but not both:
   (dogs cats) -(dogs +cats)


You can search for exact phrase matches, even ones that contain operators, by using quotes. Here is an example:

This example will search for the exact phrase "dogs +cars are great", the + operator is ignored because it is in quotes:
   "dogs +cars are great"

Escaping Quotes

To search for quotes within text, escape the character with a backslash (as shown below) to tell the query that you are searching for quotes, and not searching for a phrase.

The example below will search for "dogs" (with the quotes) in the search text:

Match Count Operator

To specify the number of times a phrase should be matched, use the match count operator. The amount can be any positive whole number, including zero.

The example below will match the phrase dogs if it is found exactly 3 times:

Equality Modifier

To match text exactly, you can use the equality modifier on a search term.

The example below will match the phrase "dogs", but will not match things like "dogs and cats":

Word Boundary Modifier

To look for specific words in text, you can use the word boundary modifier.

The example below will match the phrases "dogs" or "dogs and cats", but will not match things like "hotdogs":

You can still use other operators with the word boundary and equality modifiers, and you can also wrap terms in quotes to include spaces and other special characters

The example below will match any text that is not exactly equal to "cats and dogs":
   -=="cats and dogs"

Error: 'The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135)'

Do you receive the error 'The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application.' when you try to start ClipboardFusion? If so, make sure you have the Microsoft .NET Framework v4.0 or higher installed. Please visit the ClipboardFusion Download page to download the installer for ClipboardFusion, this will automatically install the correct .NET Framework version.

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