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How do I use the system clipboard

Platform: WinForms| Category: Tips

The SetDataObject and GetDataObject methods in the Clipboard class found in the System.Windows.Forms namespace allows you to access the clipboard. Here is some code.

	string text = 'Some text for the clipboard';
	Clipboard.SetDataObject(text);  //clipboard now has 'Some text for the clipboard'

	text = '';   //zap text so it can be reset...
	IDataObject data = Clipboard.GetDataObject();
   	if(data.GetDataPresent(DataFormats.Text))
  	{
       		text = (String)data.GetData(DataFormats.Text); 
		//text is now back to 'Some text for the clipboard'
   	} 

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