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Chapter 4. Edit > Windows Clipboard Versus Office Clipboard

4.1. Windows Clipboard Versus Office Clipboard

The Windows Clipboard is a temporary storage space available to all Windows programs. Text and graphics that are cut or copied in a Windows application are temporarily stored in the clipboard. Remember, temporary means that it is only there until you copy or cut in another location or shut down your computer. Once the information has been stored in the clipboard it can be pasted into any Windows application that accepts that type of data. For example, you can copy data from an Excel worksheet and paste it into a Word document.

You view the contents of the Windows Clipboard using the Clipboard Viewer program. This is a standard Windows program that can typically be found by selecting Start Programs Accessories. For more information, refer to Windows 98 in a Nutshell (O'Reilly & Associates).

The Office Clipboard, on the other hand, is only available for Office programs: Excel, Word, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint. The Office Clipboard lets you copy up to 12 different items to the clipboard, and is only activated when you do one of the following:

  • Copy and/or cut two different items consecutively in the same Office program.

  • Copy one item, paste the item, and then copy another item in the same Office program.

  • Copy the same item twice in succession.

When the Office Clipboard is activated, it displays as shown in Figure 4-1. You can quickly see the contents of each item in the clipboard by dragging the mouse across the icon. If the clipboard contains 12 items and you try to cut or copy another item, the clipboard prompts you to overwrite the first item in the clipboard or to not make the selected cut or copy.

Figure 4-1. Office Clipboard

Each time something is added to the activated Office Clipboard, the item is also copied to the Windows Clipboard. That way, if you open a non-Microsoft Office program you will be able to paste the last thing you cut or copied.

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