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The _CLIPBOARD$ function returns the current Operating System's clipboard contents as a STRING.


result$ = _CLIPBOARD$


  • Text returned can contain the entire contents of a copied file or web page or text from a previous _CLIPBOARD$ statement.
  • The string returned can also contain formatting like CRLF (CHR$(13) + CHR$(10)) end of line characters.
  • The clipboard can be used to copy, paste and communicate between running programs.

Example 1: Passing a string value between two running programs no matter where they are located.


PRINT "Start Program2 to read your text entries! Empty entry quits!" _CLIPBOARD$ = "Entry program started!" 'set clipboard initially DO LINE INPUT "Enter some text to send to other program: ", text$ IF text$ = "" THEN EXIT DO _CLIPBOARD$ = text$ LOOP SYSTEM


PRINT "Enter text in Program1 and this program will read it. Esc key quits!" DO: _LIMIT 100 text$ = _CLIPBOARD$ 'function returns clipboard contents IF LEN(text$) THEN PRINT text$ _CLIPBOARD$ = "" 'clear clipboard after a read END IF LOOP UNTIL INKEY$ = CHR$(27) END

Explanation: Compile and run both programs at once to see the interaction. You could also run them on different paths.

Example 2: A minimized program that pops up when Ctrl + Shift is entered anytime in Windows and adds clipboard text to be Pasted:

'"ClippyBoard" program uses GetKeyState Win API to monitor a specific key combination. 'This demo will maximize the window and focus on program when Shift+A is pressed. DECLARE DYNAMIC LIBRARY "user32" FUNCTION FindWindowA%& (BYVAL ClassName AS _OFFSET, WindowName$) 'find process handle by title FUNCTION GetKeyState% (BYVAL nVirtKey AS LONG) 'Windows virtual key presses FUNCTION ShowWindow& (BYVAL hwnd AS _OFFSET, BYVAL nCmdShow AS LONG) 'maximize process FUNCTION GetForegroundWindow%& 'find currently focused process handle FUNCTION SetForegroundWindow& (BYVAL hwnd AS _OFFSET) 'set foreground window process(focus) END DECLARE title$ = "Clippy Clipboard (Ctrl+Shift)" 'title of program window _TITLE title$ 'set program title hwnd%& = FindWindowA(0, title$ + CHR$(0)) 'find this program's process handle SCREEN 13 _SCREENMOVE _MIDDLE COLOR 10: PRINT PRINT " Press Ctrl+Shift to see clipboard menu." _DELAY 4 x& = ShowWindow&(hwnd%&, 2) 'minimize DO: _LIMIT 30 'save CPU usage while waiting for key press IF GetKeyState(16) < 0 AND GetKeyState(17) < 0 THEN '<==== Shift+A FGwin%& = GetForegroundWindow%& 'get current process in focus y& = ShowWindow&(hwnd%&, 1) 'maximize minimized program IF FGwin%& <> hwnd%& THEN z& = SetForegroundWindow&(hwnd%&) 'set focus when necessary _DELAY 1 GetKey x& = ShowWindow&(hwnd%&, 2) 'minimize after letter key entry COLOR 10: PRINT PRINT " Press Ctrl+Shift to see clipboard menu." END IF LOOP SUB GetKey CLS COLOR 12: PRINT: PRINT _CLIPBOARD$ DO: LOOP UNTIL INKEY$ = "" _DELAY 1 CLS COLOR 11: PRINT "Select a letter clipboard option:" PRINT PRINT "A = Address" PRINT "C = Cell phone" PRINT "E = Email" PRINT "F = First Name" PRINT "H = Home phone" PRINT "L = Last Name" PRINT "N = Name" PRINT "M = MAC address" PRINT "P = Password" PRINT "W = Work name" PRINT "X = QUIT!" PRINT "Z = Zip code" COLOR 14: PRINT PRINT "Another letter will skip or X = EXIT!" K$ = UCASE$(INPUT$(1)) SELECT CASE K$ 'The following text should be your personal user info: CASE "A": _CLIPBOARD$ = "my address" CASE "C": _CLIPBOARD$ = "cell number" CASE "E": _CLIPBOARD$ = "myemail" CASE "F": _CLIPBOARD$ = "formal name" CASE "H": _CLIPBOARD$ = "home number" CASE "L": _CLIPBOARD$ = "lastname" CASE "M": _CLIPBOARD$ = "modempassword" CASE "N": _CLIPBOARD$ = "name" CASE "P": _CLIPBOARD$ = "password" CASE "X": END CASE "Z": _CLIPBOARD$ = "zipcode" END SELECT CLS PRINT PRINT COLOR 14: PRINT _CLIPBOARD$ BEEP _DELAY 2 END SUB

Code by Ted Weissgerber
Explanation: The program will run minimized until Ctrl + Shift is entered and will pop up to ask for a letter choice that contains the text you want in the clipboard. More letter choices can be added. Text can be pasted into a web page or entry box and the program will minimize until it is needed later. The program uses very little resources!

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