GetText Method ()
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Clipboard.GetText Method ()

Retrieves text data from the Clipboard in the Text or UnicodeText format, depending on the operating system.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in system.windows.forms.dll)

public static string GetText ()
public static String GetText ()
public static function GetText () : String
Not applicable.

Return Value

The Clipboard text data or String.Empty if the Clipboard does not contain data in the Text or UnicodeText format, depending on the operating system.

Exception typeCondition

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.

This method returns text data in the UnicodeText format on Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000. Otherwise, this method returns text data in the Text format.

Use the ContainsText method to determine whether the Clipboard contains text data before retrieving it with this method.

Use the SetText method to add text data 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 an overload of the GetText method that is similar to this overload.

// Demonstrates SetText, ContainsText, and GetText.
public String SwapClipboardHtmlText(String replacementHtmlText)
{
    String returnHtmlText = null;
    if (Clipboard.ContainsText(TextDataFormat.Html))
    {
        returnHtmlText = Clipboard.GetText(TextDataFormat.Html);
        Clipboard.SetText(replacementHtmlText, TextDataFormat.Html);
    }
    return returnHtmlText;
}

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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