I am looking to write/build (or download a freeware application that fulfills the need I have expressed) an application that would run in the notification area and that, when clicked, would send a timestamp string in the form "yyyy-mm-dd--hh-mm-ss" to the clipboard.

I would use this to add 'hard' metadata (that is, metadata that is a part of the filename) to my files.

LaTeX is the extent of my programming (authoring, actually) knowledge, so...I might need some, um, handholding if I'm to make an app to do this. Would I be using Visual Studio?

  • I am running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit on an HP ENVY Sleekbook 4 PC
  • I have access to Visual Studio; I don't, however, currently have it installed.


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Now there is such a script written by me using PowerShell.

System requirements:

  • Windows
  • PowerShell 3 (shipped natively with Windows 8)


Screenshot of the system tray showing the notification icon of my program

Example clipboard contents: 2014-08-18--18-00-45


Download the full code at https://github.com/ComFreek/TimeCopier

An excerpt of the README provided in the GitHub repository mentioned above.

  1. Run PowerShell as an administrator and run the following command:

    Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
  2. Start manage-autostart.ps1 if you would like TimeCopier to start every time you login to your Windows account.

  3. Replace icon.ico if you would like to change the notification icon.

Code (for the archive)

I only include the main file for brevity. It can be run via powershell -windowstyle hidden -noexit "filename.ps1". It uses a file called icon.ico in the same directory as the PowerShell file for the script's notification icon. This icon file must be provided.

[void] [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Windows.Forms")

function Copy-Date {
    $date = Get-Date -Format "yyyy-MM-dd--HH-mm-ss"

function Init-Gui {
    $NotifyIcon = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.NotifyIcon
    $NotifyIcon.Icon = New-Object System.Drawing.Icon(Join-Path $PSScriptRoot "icon.ico")
    $NotifyIcon.Visible = $True

    Register-ObjectEvent -MessageData ${function:Copy-Date} -InputObject $NotifyIcon -EventName Click -Action {
            $Sender.ShowBalloonTip(250, "Success", "Date & Time copied!", [System.Windows.Forms.ToolTipIcon]::Info);
    } | Out-Null

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