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IDataObject.SetData Method (String, Boolean, Object)

Stores the specified data and its associated format in this instance, using a Boolean value to specify whether the data can be converted to another format.

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

void SetData(
	string format,
	bool autoConvert,
	Object data


Type: System.String
The format associated with the data. See DataFormats for predefined formats.
Type: System.Boolean
true to allow the data to be converted to another format; otherwise, false.
Type: System.Object
The data to store.

If you do not know the format of the target application, you can store data in multiple formats using this method.

For an implementation of this method, see DataObject.SetData.

This example uses the DataObject class, which implements IDataObject, to demonstrate the use of the SetData method. First, it creates a data object (myDataObject) and stores a UnicodeText string in it, with the autoConvert parameter set to false. Then it retrieves the format(s) associated with the data stored in the object and displays the result in a message box. The only format associated with the data is the UnicodeText format. This example assumes that you have created a Form named Form1.

private void SetData4() 
    // Creates a new data object.
    DataObject myDataObject = new DataObject();

    // Adds UnicodeText string to the object, and set the autoConvert 
    // parameter to false.
    myDataObject.SetData(DataFormats.UnicodeText, false, "My text string");

    // Gets the data format(s) in the data object.
    String[] arrayOfFormats = myDataObject.GetFormats();

    // Stores the results in a string.
    string theResult = "The format(s) associated with the data are:" + '\n';
    for(int i=0; i<arrayOfFormats.Length; i++)
        theResult += arrayOfFormats[i] + '\n';

    // Show the results in a message box. 


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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