C# RichTextBox contents to clipboard.


I have a RichTextBox with some colored (RTF) formatted text in it.
What I would like to do is be able to copy the contents to the clipboard, but do it like wordpad

So for example if I type some and color it in there and cut and paste it maintains the formatting if
i pate it to another instance it maintains the formatting. If I paste it into notepad it drops the
formatting and pasts it as plain text becuase notepad does not support it.

                Clipboard.SetText(log_control.Rtf, TextDataFormat.Rtf);

So my question is how to set the clipboard with C# so if the target app supports RTF it gets the
formatted text but if it is going to notepad it will downgrade. At the moment it seems like an either / or situation.



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mac-willConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I think I see what is happening.

\line in Rtf is being replace with \n only NOT \r\n as is expected on a windows system.

Try this and read the comment.

            DataObject m_data = new DataObject();

            m_data.SetData(DataFormats.Rtf, true, richTextBox1.Rtf);
            // NOTE: '\line' converts to a linefeed only.  Replace linefeed only with \r\n
            // However '\par' converts to \r\n so you may want to use a regex to make sure you
            // are only replacing \n that are not preceeded by \r
            m_data.SetData(DataFormats.Text, true, richTextBox1.Text.Replace("\n","\r\n"));
            Clipboard.SetDataObject(m_data, true);

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          IDataObject data = Clipboard.GetDataObject();
          if (data.GetDataPresent(DataFormats.Rtf))
               strPastedText = (string) data.GetData(DataFormats.Rtf);

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whorsfallAuthor Commented:

Thanks for your response. I am not quite sure I get the example. From how I am reading it this
will read what is in the clipboard, where as my issue is how to paste something to the clipboard.

Thanks again,

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Try this:

DataObject m_data = new DataObject();
            m_data.SetData(DataFormats.Rtf, true, richTextBox1.Rtf);
            m_data.SetData(DataFormats.Text, true, richTextBox1.Text);
            Clipboard.SetDataObject(m_data, true);

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SAMIR BHOGAYTAFreelancer and IT ConsultantCommented:
Hello, I have the solution but it is in vb.net if you want in C# then convert it into C#.

Public Sub CopyFromRichTextBox(ByVal rtb As RichTextBox, _
    Optional ByVal availableAfterEnd As Boolean = False)
    Dim data As New DataObject()

    ' get the selected RTF text if there is a selection,
    ' or the entire text is no text is selected
    Dim rtfText, plainText As String
    If rtb.SelectionLength > 0 Then
        rtfText = rtb.SelectedRtf
        plainText = rtb.SelectedText
        rtfText = rtb.Rtf
        plainText = rtb.Text
    End If
    ' do the copy only if there is something to be copied
    If rtfText.Length > 0 Then data.SetData(DataFormats.Rtf, rtfText)
    If plainText.Length > 0 Then data.SetData(DataFormats.Text, plainText)

    ' finally copy into the clipboard
    Clipboard.SetDataObject(data, availableAfterEnd)
End Sub
whorsfallAuthor Commented:

Thanks for the help it almost works. The issue is the plain text that comes through is missing
all the newline characters. So the line breaks come through the RTF but not in the plain text.

Any ideas?


whorsfallAuthor Commented:

Thanks for your response, can u restate it a different way on what I should. Btw I will need to check this but it has \par intead on \line.


I see, I just did a test and \par also converted to \n.
If this is the case just use the example code I provided above.

(My concern was if \par was replace with \r\n and you did the replace you would end up with \r\r\n, not the end of the world but not what you want either.)
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