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Posted on 2011-03-16
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Howdy,

Im making an app to store my contacts in.

Ive included the ability to copy the details of a selected contact to the clipboard so they can be pasted to a document or email quickly.

However my problem is that im not sure how to go about making my code, so it ignores empty/incomplete data or textboxes.

Currently this contact would come out like this:-
Badger


ratz_Atacks@hotmail.com
http://badgertracks@blogspot.com

He's a Beer Drinking Buddy!!!

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Becuase its missing data (phone numbers and an address in this case)

It would be much better and much more user friendly if it just came out like -

Badger
ratz_Atacks@hotmail.com
http://badgertracks@blogspot.com
He's a Beer Drinking Buddy!!!

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Heres my code:-

   //Copies Selected Contact to ClipBoard
        private void btnCopyfromclipboard_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            
            Clipboard.Clear();

            if (listNames.SelectedIndex != -1)
            {

                String compareName = listNames.Items[listNames.SelectedIndex].ToString();

                StringBuilder copy = new StringBuilder();
                copy.AppendLine(tbName.Text);
                copy.AppendLine(tbMobile.Text);
                copy.AppendLine(tbSecphone.Text);
                copy.AppendLine(tbEmail.Text);
                copy.AppendLine(tbWebsite.Text);
                copy.AppendLine(tbAddress.Text);
                copy.AppendLine(tbNotes.Text);

                int attempts = 0;

                while (attempts < 5)
                {
                    try
                    {
                        Clipboard.SetText(copy.ToString());
                        return;
                    }
                    catch (COMException)
                    {
                        Thread.Sleep(10);
                        attempts++;
                    }
                }
            }

        }

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So, how do I make my app ignore the empty textboxes/data? (im using WPF,Net 4.0)

Many Thanks

John

P.s yes I ran into the clipboard problem so had to dig up a solution from the interwebs, a tutorial in this case, just incase the code looks fmailiar :-)
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Question by:Bronco78th
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by:Mike Tomlinson
ID: 35153207
For every single TextBox, do a check like this before appending:
if (tbName.Text.Trim().Length != 0)
{
    copy.AppendLine(tbName.Text);
}

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Mike Tomlinson earned 200 total points
ID: 35153340
You could also do something like this:
StringBuilder copy = new StringBuilder();
            List<TextBox> tbs = new List<TextBox>();
            tbs.AddRange(new TextBox[] { tbName, tbMobile, tbSecphone, tbEmail, tbWebsite, tbAddress, tbNotes });
            foreach (TextBox tb in tbs)
            {
                if (tb.Text.Trim().Length != 0)
                {
                    copy.AppendLine(tb.Text);
                }
            }

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by:Bronco78th
ID: 35154686
Cheers Idle Mind, that makes sense, will give it a whirl abit later as ive gotta shoot off to work now.

Will try it out and grant point as nessary in my lunchbreak :)

Regards,

John
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by:SAMIR BHOGAYTA
ID: 35155751
Hi,

Storing and Retrieving Data

Clipboard has static methods to copy and paste data. The SetDataObject method is used to store data that is in object format on the clipboard. The following code snippet copies selected text from a RichTextBoc control to the clipboard.

Clipboard.SetDataObject(richTextBox1.SelectedText);

The GetDataObject method gets the data that is stored on the clipboard. The following code snippet gets data from the clipboard and displays in a Label control.

// Retrieves data

IDataObject iData = Clipboard.GetDataObject();

// Is Data Text?

if (iData.GetDataPresent(DataFormats.Text))

        label1.Text = (String)iData.GetData(DataFormats.Text);

else

    label1.Text = "Data not found.";

Clear Clipboard

Clear method removes all data from the Clipboard.

Clipboard.Clear();
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