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Chapter 6. Office in Overdrive: Sharing ... > Using the Office Clipboard

Using the Office Clipboard

When you cut or copy data in a non-Office program, Windows stores the data in a special memory location called the Clipboard. When you run the Paste command, Windows grabs the data from the Clipboard and adds it to the document. This has worked well for Windows users for many years, but all of us have run into the Clipboard’s glaring weakness: it can hold only one item at a time. If you cut or copy something else, the previous data is discarded.

The Office programmers have been trying to fix this weakness since Office 2000 by implementing a Clipboard replacement called the Office Clipboard that’s capable of storing multiple cut or copied items. Early incarnations of the Office Clipboard were clunky and barely usable, so they were ignored by most users. The Office 2003 version of the Office Clipboard is the best one yet, but it’s still a relatively limited tool.


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