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Easily Learn To Use The Clipboard In Modern C++ On Windows

Clipboard, also called as the paste buffer, is is a buffer which operating systems provide to copy things (texts, bitmaps, tables etc.) for short term and transfer within and between application programs. The clipboard is usually temporary and unnamed, and its contents reside in the computer’s memory.

In C++ Builder, you can use clipboard copy and paste event easily in VCL applications. There is a good example in here http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/CodeExamples/Sydney/en/FMX.CopyPaste_Sample

Let’s summarize some simple VCL and FMX copy and paste operations on texts and on bitmaps.

Using Clipboard in C++ Builder VCL Applications

In C++ Builder VCL applications you must include clipbrd.hpp

You can copy or paste Text by using clipboard() class as below,

You can copy or paste Bitmaps by using clipboard() class as below,

You can do more advanced things by using Clipboard(), There are many components using clipboard properties.

Using Clipboard in C++ Builder FireMonkey Applications

In C++ Builder FMX applications clipboard is available from IFMXClipboardService. There is FMX.clipboard.hpp header you can use.

In FireMonkey applications you need to use PlatformServices (TPlatformServices) to copy or paste things.

Copying Text to Clipboard

Copying Image to Clipboard

Paste Text from Clipboard

Copying Image to Clipboard

Find out more about using C++Builder for Windows Apps.

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Dr. Yilmaz Yoru has 33+ years of coding with more than 30+ programming languages, mostly C++ on Windows, Android, Mac-OS, iOS, Linux, and some other operating systems. He was born in 1974, Eskisehir-Turkey, started coding in college and graduated from the department of Mechanical Engineering of Eskisehir Osmangazi University in 1997. He worked as a research assistant at the same university for more than 10 years. He received his MSc and PhD degrees from the same department at the same university. Since 2012, he is the founder and CEO of Esenja LLC Company. He has married and he is a father of a son. Some of his interests are Programming, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Artificial Intelligence, 2D & 3D Designs, and high-end innovations.
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