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assign multiple objects to the clipboard

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I want to assign multiple objects to the clipboard, i.e.
bitmaps, records, of any number, and be able to read them all back.  I also want to register my custom clipboard formats with the system when my program is installed.
How do i do this?
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I think the following answers your question, or at least is a start. If there isn't enough here to get you going properly, add a comment, and I'll try to add more.


To assign multiple objects :
Clipboard.Open
Clipboard.SetAsHandle( Type1 , Handle1 )
Clipboard.SetAsHandle( Type2 , Handle2 )
etc.
Clipboard.Close

You can get the data back off the clipboard using GetAsHandle, after testing what is there using the function Clipboard.HasFormat

e.g.

var
  MyFormat : integer;
  MyData   : THandle;

MyFormat := RegisterClipboardFormat( 'Testing' )

...

if ( Clipboard.HasFormat( MyFormat ) ) then
begin
  MyData := Clipboard.GetAsHandle( MyFormat );
end;

You'll need to allocate some global memory with GlobalAlloc / GlobalLock for the handle, and put your data in it.

To register formats :
You need to use the RegisterClipboardFormat function, which returns an integer identifier, or zero on fail
e.g.
MyFirstFormat := RegisterClipboardFormat( 'My clipboard type' );

You can do this wherever you want. ( Doing it twice with the same format description string will return the same integer value )

Units can have an 'initialization' section which is run once only, if the unit is used anywhere in your application. At the end of the implementation section ( after all your functions and procedures ; just before the final end. ) do :

initialization

Type1 := RegisterClipboardFormat( 'First one' );
etc.

End.


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I actually managed to sort this out for myself, so i've
graded your answer as acceptable. Cheers.Paul.
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