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Posted on 2003-10-26
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I've written a program that uses Clipboard.SetText to copy some text from a textbox. It copies it and my program can then paste that data into other text boxes. But when I try and paste the copied data into a different program, it pastes whatever was on the clipboard that wasn't set by my program.
I came to the conclusion that the Clipboard.SetText function must be a local function, that uses an internal app clipboard, not the system one. So how do I access the system clipboard from VB and paste text to it.

I'd appreciate a quick answer as I need to upgrade the program that some users have already downloaded.
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Question by:TheBaker
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by:TheBaker
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I've checked on MSDN and the Clipboard object IS the system one, so why can't Internet Explorer or Mozilla (the two browsers I've tried) access it?
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monkesdb earned 34 total points
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You need to clear it before you call SetText.
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by:TheBaker
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Nope, that still hasn't done it. I clear the clipboard before setting the text but it still does the same thing!
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by:fozylet
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Sub Test
    Clipboard.Clear
    Clipboard.SetText ("Hello World")
    MsgBox Clipboard.GetText
End Sub

Try running that sub, and then pasting the clipboard in a TEXT field.
clipboard has datatype settings and if you try pasting in some other datatype area, it may not paste.

this may help: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnvbpj00/html/clip0002.asp
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by:fantasy1001
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you have to clear the clipboard first

sub cmdClear_OnClick
   clipboard.clear
   clipboard.settext text1.text
end sub
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by:BUCHAS
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I suppose that what's happening is that you copy your data to the clipboard in you application, and then another running app (in the background or not) in other process override your data by saving his own data into the clipboard object.

close all other concurrently running  applications and run your app normally
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by:_agj_
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The max u wud hav to do is:

Clipboard.Clear
Clipboard.SetText text1.text, vbCFText
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by:TheBaker
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I've tried clearing the data, but I still have the same problem. I can't close all other apps, because I  need a browser open (the text copied needs to be pasted into a web browser.

Would using the clipboard via the Windows API work? Could someone give me an example of how to copy text using the Windows API?
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by:TheBaker
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I can provide the compiled program if that will help. It is:
http://freehost14.websamba.com:81/NDifference/content/smileyxtra_setup.exe
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by:TheBaker
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I've managed to solve the problem, I'm not sure quite what was happenning, but it's fixed now. Thanks to all that helped. I've split the points between those who's answers led me to the solution.
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