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Can I copy and paste images from MS Office applications onto the Diagram?

Platform: WinForms |
Control: Diagram |
Published Date: April 30, 2011 |
Last Revised Date: February 16, 2018


Essential Diagram does not have pre-built support for interfacing with clipboard copy/paste from the MS Office applications. The Diagram copy/paste implementation is confined to 'Node' type drawing objects that are native to Essential Diagram. To copy/paste an image, the Clipboard's data object should be an instance of the Diagram.ClipboardNodeCollection type populated with a Diagram.BitmapNode or a Diagram.MetafileNode that wraps the image. Since .NET uses its own format that is not compatible with the EnhancedMetafile format, you will have to use reflection to achieve this feature of copying and pasting images from MS Office applications like Excel, PowerPoint, Word, or Visio.

The sample provided in this Knowledge Base article demonstrates how you can add support to your Essential Diagram application to allow copy/paste from MS Office.






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Feb 15, 2018


I use the code in vs2012 but it didn't work. When I copy symbol from visio2016, and here "IntPtr ptr = GetClipboardData(CF_ENHMETAFILE);" always return 0. Another article https://www.syncfusion.com/forums/71540/how-to-import-visio-stencils-to-symbol-palettes says visio version affect the convert code, does it affect copy too? I'm dying for help, thank you. 

Feb 15, 2018


I try some new code from https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18602171/copy-enhanced-metafile-from-clipboard-and-save-it-as-an-image/29923975#29923975 and it seems work well. Maybe here is the reson if (OpenClipboard(IntPtr.Zero))


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