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How do you make an application to save the work done by another application. Like for example word, how do you save whatever that has been typed inside through your own program.
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I am afraid I didn't understand you quite well.
Try to explain your problem more clearly.
marinedestroyer2Author Commented:
what I meant is :
How do you make a backup program which saves the contents of say internet explorer to a file? Does it use the function SendMessage?
If you don't mind I try to tell how I understand your problem now and you say if I am right.
You want from one application to copy the contents of some sort of Memo control from another one and then all that text
save to the disk.
If so you can use for example the SendKeys technique wrote by
Ken Henderson (if I am not mistaken that is his name).
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marinedestroyer2Author Commented:
yes......you kinda got it except that what I want is to save ALL the contents of that application. OK let me explain my question again. I want to be able to make a program called a.exe.
A.exe will save the html displayed in ie.exe . Supposing ie.exe is at the url www.experts-exchange.com, a.exe will save the html document to a folder. So what I want to do is basically save the contents of the window. Also, I want to be able to use a.exe to work with other programs such as word.exe or excel.exe .
I think what you are asking here is impossible.  Different applications store things differently.  If all you were interested in getting was text (not graphics, sounds, tables etc) then you could write an app which would read all the text from a highlighted control and save it to disk.  However, you would loose all your formatting.

As I said, applications store things differently.  The way Word saves it's text is completely different to say Notepad - Word uses what's called Structured Stored Documents (a big container file) and Notepad uses Text files.

marinedestroyer2Author Commented:
ok......but lets take clipboard for instance.....why is it possible for clipboard to "COPY" any type of data whether its a graphic or text etc.?
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