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Clipboard.GetData Method

Retrieves data from the Clipboard in the specified format.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
public static Object GetData(
	string format
)

Parameters

format
Type: System.String

The format of the data to retrieve. See DataFormats for predefined formats.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
An Object representing the Clipboard data or null if the Clipboard does not contain any data that is in the specified format or can be converted to that format.
ExceptionCondition
ExternalException

The Clipboard could not be cleared. This typically occurs when the Clipboard is being used by another process.

ThreadStateException

The current thread is not in single-threaded apartment (STA) mode. Add the STAThreadAttribute to your application's Main method.

Use the ContainsData method to determine whether the Clipboard contains data in the specified format or a compatible format before retrieving it with this method.

If this method cannot find data in the specified format, it attempts to convert the data to the format. If the data cannot be converted to the specified format, or if the data was stored with automatic conversion set to false, this method returns null.

NoteNote

Data can be converted to another format if it was stored specifying that conversion is allowed, and if the requested format is compatible with the stored format. For example, data stored as Unicode can be converted to text.

The Clipboard class can only be used in threads set to single thread apartment (STA) mode. To use this class, ensure that your Main method is marked with the STAThreadAttribute attribute.

Use the SetData method to add data to the Clipboard in a particular format.

The following example demonstrates this member.

// Demonstrates SetData, ContainsData, and GetData. 
public Object SwapClipboardFormattedData(String format, Object data)
{
    Object returnObject = null;
    if (Clipboard.ContainsData(format))
    {
        returnObject = Clipboard.GetData(format);
        Clipboard.SetData(format, data);
    }
    return returnObject;
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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