SetImage Method

Clipboard.SetImage Method (Image)


Clears the Clipboard and then adds an Image in the Bitmap format.

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

public static void SetImage(
	Image image


Type: System.Drawing.Image

The Image to add to the Clipboard.

Exception Condition

The Clipboard could not be cleared. This typically occurs when the Clipboard is being used by another process.


The current thread is not in single-threaded apartment (STA) mode. Add the STAThreadAttribute to your application's Main method.


image is null.

To retrieve image data from the Clipboard, first use the ContainsImage method to determine whether the Clipboard contains image data before retrieving it with the GetImage method.


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 SetImage, ContainsImage, and GetImage.
public System.Drawing.Image SwapClipboardImage(
    System.Drawing.Image replacementImage)
    System.Drawing.Image returnImage = null;
    if (Clipboard.ContainsImage())
        returnImage = Clipboard.GetImage();
    return returnImage;

for adding data in the Bitmap format to the system Clipboard. Associated enumeration: UIPermissionClipboard.AllClipboard

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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