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Chapter 12. Sharing Data Between Applica... > Using the Windows Clipboard to Excha...

Using the Windows Clipboard to Exchange Data

The simplest way to exchange data from one location to another, whether it is within an application or between applications, is to use the Windows 98 Clipboard. The Clipboard is an application that you use to temporarily store data you are exchanging from one location to another. You cut or copy data to the Clipboard and then paste the data from the Clipboard into a document. The data remains in the Clipboard until you cut or copy new data to the Clipboard or remove it manually, so you can paste the data into a document as many times as you like.

Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Data

The most common method for transferring data via the Clipboard is to use the menu commands that are found in most Windows applications. The Cut, Copy, and Paste commands are usually found in the Edit menu. Note the distinction between cutting and copying. When you cut data from a document, that original data is moved to the Clipboard and no longer appears in its original location. When you copy data from a document, a copy of the data is placed on the Clipboard, and the original data remains intact where it was.


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