Copying and Pasting on Clipboard using C#

If you use CTRL+C, some data or files are copied to a system clipboard and stored in system memory and when you use CTRL+V, the data is copied back to wherever you paste it. The Clipboard class provides functionality to place and retrieve data from the system clipboard.

Storing and Retrieving Data

Clipboard has static methods to copy and paste data. The SetDataObject method is used to store data that is in object format on the clipboard. The following code snippet copies selected text from a RichTextBoc control to the clipboard.


The GetDataObject method gets the data that is stored on the clipboard. The following code snippet gets data from the clipboard and displays in a Label control.

// Retrieves data

IDataObject iData = Clipboard.GetDataObject();

// Is Data Text?

if (iData.GetDataPresent(DataFormats.Text))

        label1.Text = (String)iData.GetData(DataFormats.Text);


    label1.Text = "Data not found.";

Clear Clipboard

Clear method removes all data from the Clipboard.



The Clipboard class provides methods to save and retrieve data from system clipboard.