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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by DeadMansLife, Jan 19, 2005.
It was here before I installed SP2. How do I find it or get it back?
Maybe you left it under the mail on the kitchen table?
You should be able to access the clipboard in Word in the Edit menu, if that's what you're looking for.
Ok...don't have Word.
1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2. In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
3. Click the Windows Setup tab.
4. Click System Tools, and then click Details.
5. Click the Clipboard Viewer check box to select it, and then click OK. (You may be asked to insert the Windows Installation Disk into the diskette drive at this point).
6. Click OK.
To run Clipboard Viewer after you install it, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Clipboard Viewer. Now that you have the Clipboard installed and ready for use, what can you do with it? For starters, you can use Clipboard Viewer to view the contents of the Clipboard and you can transfer information among applications.
Where's the Clipboard Viewer in Windows XP?
For some reason, Windows XP messed up the Clipboard Viewer. It's barely listed on the Help menus, and it isn't installed automatically when you upgrade to Windows XP. Even when you tell Windows to install it from its CD, it doesn't put a Clipboard Viewer icon appear on the menu.
And that's a shame, as the viewer is a handy way to see exactly what's on your clipboard.
Windows XP's Clipboard Viewer is called the "Clipbook Viewer," and although flawed, it lets you see what's on your Clipboard. Here's how to put Windows XP's Clipbook Viewer onto your Start menu.
1. Click the Start menu button and open My Computer.
2. Open your C drive. (It's listed in the Hard Disk Drives section.)
3. Double-click on the Windows folder. (You might have to tell it to let you see what's inside.)
4. Double-click on the System32 folder. (Again, you might have to tell it to let you see what's inside.)
5. Scroll down the page until you locate a file named Clipbrd.
6. Drag and drop the Clipbrd file onto your Start button.
Just let go of your mouse button when it's pointing at the Start button; that drops a shortcut to the Clipbook Viewer onto your Start menu. When you open your Start menu, the Clipbrd program's icon will appear near the top.
Whenever you want to see exactly what's being stored on your Clipboard, double-click on that icon. The Clipbook Viewer will appear, letting you peer inside its contents.
Note: Microsoft seems to have stripped the Clipbook Viewer of the advanced features found in older versions. You can't "stockpile" multiple clips, for instance, or swap clips with networked computers. (The program's Help menu still says you can do things things, oddly enough.) But if you just want to see what's on your Clipboard, the stripped-down Clipbook Viewer works fine.
Clipboard Viewer is not installed by default.
The Clipboard Viewer is an old Windows accessory that is no longer referenced in the Start menu, but is still available to you from within the System32 folder as clipbrd.exe. The Clipboard Viewer acts as the manager of the clipboards on all machines connected to a network. If the current security settings allow it, you can connect to a remote instance of Windows and spy into the machine's clipboard. The viewer, though, is just a viewer, so it displays the current content and lets you delete it, but it doesn't provide a user interface to enter new text to the clipboard. In addition, the Clipboard Viewer is based on a distributed technology that was declared obsolete decades agothe Network Dynamic Data Exchange, or NetDDE for short.
Thanks for the help guys. Got my clipboard back.