Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium


How to store data into computer memory in C#?

Posted on 2007-09-30
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-11-10

In your browser, when you highlight something and do copy (CTRL-C), that highlighted data is stored into memory. And when you paste it (CTRL-V), that data is pasted onto wherever you want.

I want to do something similar in my C# program.
I want to click a button, and some predetermined data will be saved into the memory.
Then I want to paste it via using CTRL-V, to anywhere I want to.

How can this be done in C#?
Any pointers will be appreciated.
Question by:blast010
1 Comment
LVL 22

Accepted Solution

JimBrandley earned 500 total points
ID: 19988598
You need to use the Clipboard. Here is the example from:


private void button1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e) {
    // Takes the selected text from a text box and puts it on the clipboard.
    if(textBox1.SelectedText != "")
       textBox2.Text = "No text selected in textBox1";
 private void button2_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e) {
    // Declares an IDataObject to hold the data returned from the clipboard.
    // Retrieves the data from the clipboard.
    IDataObject iData = Clipboard.GetDataObject();
    // Determines whether the data is in a format you can use.
    if(iData.GetDataPresent(DataFormats.Text)) {
       // Yes it is, so display it in a text box.
       textBox2.Text = (String)iData.GetData(DataFormats.Text);
    else {
       // No it is not.
       textBox2.Text = "Could not retrieve data off the clipboard.";


Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Great sound, comfort and fit, excellent build quality, versatility, compatibility. These are just some of the many reasons for choosing a headset from Sennheiser.
Hello there! As a developer I have modified and refactored the unit tests which was written by fellow developers in the past. On the course, I have gone through various misconceptions and technical challenges when it comes to implementation. I would…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to add a cinematic look to any film or video out there. There are very few simple steps that you will follow to do so. This will be demonstrated using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.
Whether it be Exchange Server Crash Issues, Dirty Shutdown Errors or Failed to mount error, Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery has always got your back. With the help of its easy to understand user interface and 3 simple steps recovery proced…
Suggested Courses

581 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question