Hey I found a bit of a work around for this problem early this morning. I usually have a Word document open and in frustration at having lost something I copy and pasted earlier (that's how I got here) I clicked on the 'Clipboard' menu in Word. This opens
up a blank column that says "Clipboard empty. Copy or cut to collect items." I left the Word window open and started web browsing - links I copied and pasted all stack up in the left hand column. It works for gigantic blocks of text too!
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Windows only remembers the last thing on the clipboard however this behaviour is different in different applications (i.e. Microsoft Word).
The clipboard has evolved somewhat over the years and many applications manipulate it / handle it in their own way. In Windows you get the basic functionaility and it's up to the various applications to expand on this.