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Clipboard.GetFileDropList Method

Retrieves a collection of file names from the Clipboard.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public static StringCollection GetFileDropList()

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Specialized.StringCollection
A StringCollection containing file names or null if the Clipboard does not contain any data that is in the FileDrop 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.

A file drop list is a collection of strings containing path information for files.

A file drop list is stored on the Clipboard as a String array. This method converts this array to a StringCollection and returns the collection.

Use the ContainsFileDropList method to determine whether the Clipboard contains a file drop list before retrieving it with this method.

Use the SetFileDropList method to add a file drop list to the Clipboard.

NoteNote

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.

The following example demonstrates this member.

// Demonstrates SetFileDropList, ContainsFileDroList, and GetFileDropList 
public System.Collections.Specialized.StringCollection
    SwapClipboardFileDropList(
    System.Collections.Specialized.StringCollection replacementList)
{
    System.Collections.Specialized.StringCollection returnList = null;
    if (Clipboard.ContainsFileDropList())
    {
        returnList = Clipboard.GetFileDropList();
        Clipboard.SetFileDropList(replacementList);
    }
    return returnList;
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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