Visual Basic Reference

Visual Studio 6.0

Clipboard Property

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Returns a Clipboard object, which provides access to the system Clipboard.




The Clipboard object is used to manipulate text and graphics on the Clipboard. You can use this object to enable a user to copy, cut, and paste text or graphics in your application. Before copying any material to the Clipboard object, you should clear its contents by performing a Clear method, such as Clipboard.Clear.

Note that the Clipboard object is shared by all Windows applications, and thus, the contents are subject to change whenever you switch to another application.

The Clipboard object can contain several pieces of data as long as each piece is in a different format. For example, you can use the SetData method to put a bitmap on the Clipboard with the vbCFDIB format, and then use the SetText method with the vbCFText format to put text on the Clipboard. You can then use the GetText method to retrieve the text or the GetData method to retrieve the graphic. Data on the Clipboard is lost when another set of data of the same format is placed on the Clipboard either through code or a menu command.