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Chapter 6. Sharing Data Between Office A... > Converting Clipboard Data into Alter...

Converting Clipboard Data into Alternative Formats

When you paste an item from the Clipboard into an Office document, the Office application examines the item to determine its data format—simple text, HTML, formatted text (so-called Rich Text Format), worksheet data, or one of many picture formats, for example. Before the Office application pastes the Clipboard contents, a negotiating procedure takes place in which the application attempts to discover the format that's most appropriate for the current contents.

In some cases, however, you might want to translate the Clipboard contents to a different format when pasting into another application (or even within the same application). For instance, when copying formatted text from one Office application to another—for example, the contents of an HTML-based Outlook e-mail message into Word—you typically don't want the original formatting to appear in the document where you're pasting the data. Instead, you want to transfer just the text, letting it take on the paragraph formatting defined in the Word document.


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