Retrieve information from the Clipboard

Use the RunCommand method

Use the RunCommand method with the acCmdPaste constant to paste the contents of the Clipboard into the active control on a form or report.

The following example illustrates how to paste the contents of the Clipboard into a text box named txtNotes.

Private Sub cmdPaste_Click() 
   DoCmd.RunCommand acCmdPaste 
End Sub

Use the Windows API

To use API calls to retrieve information from the Clipboard, paste the following code into the Declarations section of a standard module.

Declare Function OpenClipboard Lib "User32" (ByVal hwnd As Long) _ 
   As Long 
Declare Function CloseClipboard Lib "User32" () As Long 
Declare Function GetClipboardData Lib "User32" (ByVal wFormat As _ 
   Long) As Long 
Declare Function GlobalAlloc Lib "kernel32" (ByVal wFlags&, ByVal _ 
   dwBytes As Long) As Long 
Declare Function GlobalLock Lib "kernel32" (ByVal hMem As Long) _ 
   As Long 
Declare Function GlobalUnlock Lib "kernel32" (ByVal hMem As Long) _ 
   As Long 
Declare Function GlobalSize Lib "kernel32" (ByVal hMem As Long) _ 
   As Long 
Declare Function lstrcpy Lib "kernel32" (ByVal lpString1 As Any, _ 
   ByVal lpString2 As Any) As Long 
Public Const GHND = &H42 
Public Const CF_TEXT = 1 
Public Const MAXSIZE = 4096

Paste the following code into a standard module.

Function ClipBoard_GetData() 
   Dim hClipMemory As Long 
   Dim lpClipMemory As Long 
   Dim MyString As String 
   Dim RetVal As Long 
   If OpenClipboard(0&) = 0 Then 
      MsgBox "Cannot open Clipboard. Another app. may have it open" 
      Exit Function 
   End If 
   ' Obtain the handle to the global memory 
   ' block that is referencing the text. 
   hClipMemory = GetClipboardData(CF_TEXT) 
   If IsNull(hClipMemory) Then 
      MsgBox "Could not allocate memory" 
      GoTo OutOfHere 
   End If 
   ' Lock Clipboard memory so we can reference 
   ' the actual data string. 
   lpClipMemory = GlobalLock(hClipMemory) 
   If Not IsNull(lpClipMemory) Then 
      MyString = Space$(MAXSIZE) 
      RetVal = lstrcpy(MyString, lpClipMemory) 
      RetVal = GlobalUnlock(hClipMemory) 
      ' Peel off the null terminating character. 
      MyString = Mid(MyString, 1, InStr(1, MyString, Chr$(0), 0) - 1) 
      MsgBox "Could not lock memory to copy string from." 
   End If 
   RetVal = CloseClipboard() 
   ClipBoard_GetData = MyString 
End Function

To test the function, copy some text to the Clipboard. Paste the following code in the Immediate window and press Enter. A message box appears with the text on the Clipboard.

strClip = ClipBoard_GetData: MsgBox strClip

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