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Clipboard.SetData Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Adds data to the Clipboard in the specified format.

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

public static void SetData (
	string format,
	Object data
)
public static void SetData (
	String format, 
	Object data
)
public static function SetData (
	format : String, 
	data : Object
)

Parameters

format

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

data

An Object representing the data to add.

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.

ArgumentNullException

data is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

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

Data stored using this method can be converted to a compatible format when it is retrieved.

To retrieve data from the Clipboard in a particular format, first use the ContainsData method to determine whether the Clipboard contains data in that format before retrieving it with the GetData method.

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 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;
}

Windows 98, Windows 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 .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0
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