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  • Copy Cleaner - Copy Cleaner application before cleaning MS Word text

    Copy Cleaner

    Copy Cleaner application before cleaning MS Word text

    Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

    Copy Cleaner

    Copy Cleaner application before cleaning MS Word text

  • Copy Cleaner - Copy after removing extra line spacing

    Copy Cleaner

    Copy after removing extra line spacing

    Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

    Copy Cleaner

    Copy after removing extra line spacing

  • Copy Cleaner - Copy after replacing custom characters, in this case the leading dash and space for bullet points is replaced with three chevrons

    Copy Cleaner

    Copy after replacing custom characters, in this case the leading dash and space for bullet points is replaced with three chevrons

    Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

    Copy Cleaner

    Copy after replacing custom characters, in this case the leading dash and space for bullet points is replaced with three chevrons

  • Copy Cleaner - SQL code copied from SQL Server Management Console, ready for conversion to use in application

    Copy Cleaner

    SQL code copied from SQL Server Management Console, ready for conversion to use in application

    Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

    Copy Cleaner

    SQL code copied from SQL Server Management Console, ready for conversion to use in application

  • Copy Cleaner - After cleaning SQL code by using single line and removing square brackets using a custom regex (regular expression)

    Copy Cleaner

    After cleaning SQL code by using single line and removing square brackets using a custom regex (regular expression)

    Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

    Copy Cleaner

    After cleaning SQL code by using single line and removing square brackets using a custom regex (regular expression)

Last updated August 2020

Copy Cleaner

Copy Cleaner is an app that cleans up copied text from one application to another. By default it removes tabs, extra spaces and line breaks, but it can also remove complex patterns of characters using regular expressions, making this a tool I regularly use when designing for laying out copy from MS Word and web pages It's also super useful for correctly formatting code copied from other applications. For repetitive conversion its click, click, click and done.

I use Copy Cleaner most days at work. For design, I like to drop unformatted, single-spaced text into layout applications like InDesign, and rip out any dodgy characters like those that exist in copied text from applications like MS Word, Adobe PDF or from web pages. And when coding I use this tool to concatenate multi-line command sequences from other apps so it's useable in my code.

Copy Cleaner has a simple interface with just three buttons - PASTE clipboard contents - PROCESS the text using the settings defined - COPY text to clipboard.

Features:
  • By default, strips tabs,  multiple carriage returns and spaces
  • Use regular expressions (regex) to select text using complex matching
  • Option to automatically create single line of text
  • Saves used regular expressions between sessions for re-use.
  • Customisable interface, simple controls

This application is under development, with a number of planned improvements including:

  • Support complex regex replacements using find groups.
  • Fix empty find and replace not being saved between sessions.

Copy Cleaner is free. It doesn't connect to the internet, gather telemetry or display advertisements. Use it and enjoy. If you would like to say thanks, consider making a donation via PayPal.

For commercial use, consider a white-label version of this app. Customisation includes your branding including app name, logo and colour scheme and removal of my own details. Contact me for details.

Download the latest version

Version History

2.0.8724 May 2020
  • Program now keeps valid user settings between releases.
2.0.8524 April 2020
  • Added option in About box to turn off help popups.
  • Improved and formatted help text.
  • Replaced icons.
2.0.7520 April 2020

  • Changed Main window title.
  • Replaced remove regex text to regex find and optionally replace text. Replace text is not regex enabled for the time being.
  • All settings now saved between sessions.
  • Context menus for regex text boxes will optionally delete selected or all entries.
  • Added individual controls for what gets stripped. Tabs are still always stripped.
  • Added more comprehensive help text.
2.0.2610 April 2020
  • First public release

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Copy Cleaner - Copy Cleaner application before cleaning MS Word text

Copy Cleaner
Copy Cleaner application before cleaning MS Word text

Copy Cleaner - Copy after removing extra line spacing

Copy Cleaner
Copy after removing extra line spacing

Copy Cleaner - Copy after replacing custom characters, in this case the leading dash and space for bullet points is replaced with three chevrons

Copy Cleaner
Copy after replacing custom characters, in this case the leading dash and space for bullet points is replaced with three chevrons

Copy Cleaner - SQL code copied from SQL Server Management Console, ready for conversion to use in application

Copy Cleaner
SQL code copied from SQL Server Management Console, ready for conversion to use in application

Copy Cleaner - After cleaning SQL code by using single line and removing square brackets using a custom regex (regular expression)

Copy Cleaner
After cleaning SQL code by using single line and removing square brackets using a custom regex (regular expression)

Copy Cleaner

Copy Cleaner application before cleaning MS Word text

Copy Cleaner - Copy Cleaner application before cleaning MS Word text

Copy Cleaner

Copy Cleaner application before cleaning MS Word text

Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

Copy Cleaner

Copy after removing extra line spacing

Copy Cleaner - Copy after removing extra line spacing

Copy Cleaner

Copy after removing extra line spacing

Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

Copy Cleaner

Copy after replacing custom characters, in this case the leading dash and space for bullet points is replaced with three chevrons

Copy Cleaner - Copy after replacing custom characters, in this case the leading dash and space for bullet points is replaced with three chevrons

Copy Cleaner

Copy after replacing custom characters, in this case the leading dash and space for bullet points is replaced with three chevrons

Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

Copy Cleaner

SQL code copied from SQL Server Management Console, ready for conversion to use in application

Copy Cleaner - SQL code copied from SQL Server Management Console, ready for conversion to use in application

Copy Cleaner

SQL code copied from SQL Server Management Console, ready for conversion to use in application

Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

Copy Cleaner

After cleaning SQL code by using single line and removing square brackets using a custom regex (regular expression)

Copy Cleaner - After cleaning SQL code by using single line and removing square brackets using a custom regex (regular expression)

Copy Cleaner

After cleaning SQL code by using single line and removing square brackets using a custom regex (regular expression)

Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

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