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Basic Usage
===========

This page describes the basic functionality of CopyQ clipboard manager.

First Start
-----------

To start the CopyQ double-click the program icon or run command ``copyq``.
This starts graphical interface which can be accessed from tray.
Click the tray icon to show application window or
right-click the tray icon and select "Show/Hide" or run ``copyq show`` command.

The central element in the application window is **list with clipboard history**.
By default the application **stores any new clipboard content** in the list.

If you copy some text it will immediately show at the top of the list.
Try copying text or images from various application to see how this works.

.. seealso::

        :ref:`faq-disable-clipboard-storing`

Basic Item Manipulation
-----------------------

You can **edit selected text items** in the list by pressing ``F2``.
After editing **save the text** with ``F2``.

Create **new item** with ``Ctrl+N``, type some text and press ``F2``.

**Copy the selected items** back to clipboard with Enter or ``Ctrl+C``.

**Move items** around with ``Ctrl+Down`` and ``Ctrl+Up``.

You can move important or special items to new tabs (see
:ref:`tabs` for more info).

Search
------

In the list you can simply **search for text by typing some text**.

For example typing "Example" will hide items that don't contain
"Example" text. Press Enter to copy the first found item.

Tray
----

To quickly copy item to clipboard you can select the item from tray
menu. To display the menu either right-click on tray icon, run command
``copyq menu`` or use a custom system shortcut.

After selecting an item in tray menu and pressing enter (pressing a
number key works as well) the item is copied to the clipboard.

.. seealso::

    :ref:`faq-show-app`

    :ref:`faq-paste-from-window`