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Chapter 5. Programs and Documents > Filename Extensions

5.9. Filename Extensions

Every operating system needs a mechanism to associate documents with the applications that created them. When you double-click a Microsoft Word document icon, for example, Word launches and opens the document.

ClipBook Viewer: The Missing Manual

The ClipBook Viewer of previous Windows versions is still available in Windows XP; it's just hidden. To open it, choose Start→Run, type Clipbrd.exe, then press Enter.

As you cut or copy information (from a word processor, Web page, or whatever), it shows up in the Clipboard window within the ClipBook Viewer. Normally, cutting or copying anything new replaces what was on the Clipboard before—but that's where the ClipBook Viewer comes into play. It lets you save the current Clipboard contents, so that you can re-use them later or share them with other people.

To save a Clipboard: Once ClipBook Viewer is open, choose File→Save As. Name and save the scrap of information you've copied, and then click Save. You can save as many files as you want and then retrieve then later (as long as you remember where you stored them).

Of course, the purpose of saving them isn't just to give your fingers some exercise; the whole point is that you (or someone else) can retrieve them later to use in documents. Here goes:

To retrieve a Clipboard: In the ClipBook Viewer, choose File→Open. Locate the scrap you saved earlier, open it, and OK the vaporization of the current clipboard. Switch back into any other program; you're ready to paste the retrieved material.



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