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ClipBoard is not ''detecting'' my copied text RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello ù|ù

    I am actually trying to get the copied text which is in the clipboard...

    I'm using 

    Dim cbtxt As String = My.Computer.Clipboard.GetText
    MsgBox(cbtxt)
    

    And the messagebox is always returning blank...

    Any help would be "sympatic" D:

    y0ga

    Monday, March 12, 2018 7:58 PM

Answers

  • Hello,

    Best to try the following rather than using My namespace method.

    Dim iData As IDataObject = Clipboard.GetDataObject()
    If iData.GetDataPresent(DataFormats.Text) Then
        MessageBox.Show(CType(iData.GetData(DataFormats.Text), String))
    Else
        MessageBox.Show("Data in the clipboard is not availble as plain text")
    End If


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    • Marked as answer by y0ga Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:23 AM
    Monday, March 12, 2018 9:04 PM
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  • You need to test the clipboard first and determine what type of data it contains.  According to these results the clipboard does not contain any text.

    Reed Kimble - "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all"

    Monday, March 12, 2018 8:07 PM
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  • Thank you for your reply ^^

    I tried but it seems that it is even not recognizing the clipboard content becaus no msgbox is show

    If Clipboard.ContainsText Then
    Dim cbtxt As String = Clipboard.GetText
    MsgBox(cbtxt)
    End If

    But it is conaining something !

    Monday, March 12, 2018 8:16 PM

  • But it is conaining something !

    But that something is not plain text.  What are you copying from?

    You can use the overload that takes a TextDataFormat value if you need to specify that the text is RichText or CSV or HTML or Unicode.  If the clipboard data is not plain text then you can use the GetDataObject method to try to determine what is on the clipboard and convert it to some textual representation if possible.


    Reed Kimble - "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all"


    Monday, March 12, 2018 8:21 PM
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  • I am copying the text from Ctrl/C shortcut... How should I use GetDataObject ?

    Thank you a lot

    Monday, March 12, 2018 8:45 PM
  • I am copying the text from Ctrl/C shortcut... 

    What program are you copying from?  Where are you selecting the text and then pressing ctrl+c?  We are trying to determine what you are putting on the clipboard since it does not appear to be just text.

    Reed Kimble - "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all"

    Monday, March 12, 2018 8:48 PM
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  • From Notepad, selecting some text and pressing ctrl+c 

    Thanks again

    Monday, March 12, 2018 8:50 PM
  • Hello,

    Best to try the following rather than using My namespace method.

    Dim iData As IDataObject = Clipboard.GetDataObject()
    If iData.GetDataPresent(DataFormats.Text) Then
        MessageBox.Show(CType(iData.GetData(DataFormats.Text), String))
    Else
        MessageBox.Show("Data in the clipboard is not availble as plain text")
    End If


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    • Marked as answer by y0ga Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:23 AM
    Monday, March 12, 2018 9:04 PM
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  • From Notepad, selecting some text and pressing ctrl+c 

    Thanks again

    Have you tried the Unicode format option?  Maybe this is something to do with non-English language?  

    Clipboard.GetText(TextDataFormat.UnicodeText)


    Reed Kimble - "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all"

    Monday, March 12, 2018 9:21 PM
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  • What happens if you manually paste the copied text into a TextBox for example (Control - V)? Does text get pasted?

    Here's a link to the Clipboard Class which may be of assistance for checking the clipboard prior to getting text from it.

    And here's a link for auto detect clipboard additions which will tell what is in the clipboard since all possibilities are listed pasting an image from clipboard into a picturebox from bitmap to wavaudio.


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    • Proposed as answer by Cor Ligthert Tuesday, March 13, 2018 12:48 AM
    Monday, March 12, 2018 9:50 PM