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Chapter 6. Sharing Data Between Office A... > Using the Office Clipboard

Using the Office Clipboard

In Office 2000, Microsoft tried to improve the standard Windows Clipboard by augmenting it with an enhanced toolbar called the Office Clipboard. Unfortunately, the Office 2000 Clip board toolbar was plagued with bugs and an annoying, half-baked interface that made it nearly useless. In Office XP, this feature is improved, although still not perfect. If you detested the Office Clip board in its previous incarnation, we recommend trying it again in Office XP; you might find it more useful and manageable this time around. If not, we'll show you how to make it go away.

How Office Extends the Windows Clipboard

Using the Office Clipboard, you can gather as many as 24 Office objects (that's twice as many as the Office 2000 Clipboard allowed) and then paste them—one at a time or all at once—into an Office document. The enhanced Clipboard can hold any data type that will fit in the Windows Clipboard, including text from a Word document; a dataset from an Access database; graphics (even the animated variety) for use in PowerPoint presentations or forms built in Word, Excel, or Access; and Excel charts or ranges.


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