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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 Clipboard toolbar was plagued with bugs and an annoying, half-baked interface that made it nearly useless. In Office XP, this feature was improved, although still not perfect. In Office 2003, Microsoft's interface designers threw in another sprinkling of tiny enhancements, mostly designed to make it less intrusive. If you detested the Office Clipboard in its previous incarnation, we recommend trying it again in Office 2003; 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

The Windows Clipboard holds one item at a time. Period. When you cut or copy something, it immediately and irrevocably displaces the current contents of the Windows Clipboard. That makes some cut-and-paste jobs almost unbearable, as you copy, switch to the second document, paste, and then return to the first document to repeat the process ad infinitum.


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