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Reading items in Windows Clipboard...is this even possible?

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I am trying to make a tool that will allow me to capture my Ctrl + C keystrokes and save the data in a file so I can access any time. I was thinking I could read items from the clipboard somehow in code and then export the items to an xml file.

 My tool would run minimized (VB.NET app). Any time I click Ctrl+C, the tool would save that to a file and my app would be able to retrieve items, even after the computer is shut down.

Is it possible to manipulate the windows clipboard in code? If so can you point me in the right direction. I have been researching and haven't found anything quite right.
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Sub Get_Text_From_ClipBoard()
Try
If My.Computer.Clipboard.ContainsText() Then
Dim ClipText As String
ClipText = My.Computer.Clipboard.GetText
MsgBox(ClipText)
Else
MsgBox("No Text in ClipBoard")
End If
Catch ex As Exception
MsgBox(ex.Message)
End Try
End Sub

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http://dotnetdud.blogspot.ca/2008/08/get-stored-text-from-clipboard-using.html
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by:imonfireDAMMIT
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I seen this site when I was doing my research. I think I will go this route...thanks. I originally didn't think it would be useful but now I figured out how to pull images from the clipboard. Easier than I initially thought.
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