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#1 Guernica


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Posted 27 November 2005 - 05:17 PM

I am wondering if there is a way to access previous information coppied using windows clipboard.

I was typing an email and coppied the entire text, because quite often, my browser crashes erasing all information. However, shortly after I finished my letter, I copy and pasted a url at the end, and had the browser crash immediately after. As a result, the only text I can paste now is the url which I coppied last. Is there any way to retrieve the letter I had typed previously?

I am using windows XP home edition, and its very important:(

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 06:53 PM

Hi Guernica,

As far as I know, there is no way top get that information back. The clipboard is temporary storage and is written over each time you cut or copy an item.

As for your browser crashing, take a look at the items in my signature (bottom of my post) and run one of the online virus scans. Also look at Spybot Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware. You can download these two for free. They are good anti-malware programs that can help out with crashes. You can also run scandisk and defrag that comes standard on XP. That can help "cleanup" your system as well.

I hope this helps,


Edited by rigel, 27 November 2005 - 06:55 PM.

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 07:09 PM

:thumbsup: to BC Guernica,

I don't think there is a way to recover that data, but just in case here's an explanation of how to find the XP equivalent of Clipboard Viewer - http://www.pencildude.com/tips/clipbook.html

Perhaps a better idea would be to find out why your browser (which browser is it?) is crashing frequently.
Do some basic maintenance:
  • Clean your internet cache and temporary files:
    Click Start and Run then type in cleanmgr this will start the windows disk cleanup tool.
    Tick the boxes beside Temporary internet Files, Recycle Bin and Temporary Files then click OK

  • Schedule an Error Check (Scandisk).
    How to find scandisk: Start>My Computer. Right click the C: drive then Properties>Tools tab, click on Check Now. In the window that opens tick 'Automatically fix file system errors' and 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors'. When you click 'Start' Windows will say the error checker cannot run now and do you want it to run at the next boot? Click 'yes' and then reboot.

  • When that's finished reboot in Safe Mode and do a defrag.
    If you are not sure how to boot in Safe Mode there is a tutorial here: Safe Mode
    Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
    They will take some time but at least you will know your hard drive is working correctly and tidied up.

  • Check how much free space you have on your hard drive.
    Start>My Computer click once on your C: drive and look in the Details box on the left.

  • Reboot normally and see if there's any improvement.
Try uninstalling your email browser and reinstalling it.
Have your Windows XP CD available and at a command prompt (Start>Run>cmd) type sfc /scannnow to see if any system files are corrupted. You should run Windows update afterwards.

Do you have an updated anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware programs installed? Which ones?


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