How to Access the Clipboard in My Computer

Written by nick davis
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You are working on a word processing document, and you need access to an item you just copied to the clipboard. You wonder if there is a way to get to the clipboard quickly. The clipboard is a storage area within an operating system for items you "copy" or "cut" from a document, website or other computer application. Accessing the clipboard on your computer is not tricky. In Windows XP, the clipboard can be accessed through the "My Computer" selection.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click "Start" from the Windows XP "Desktop."

  2. 2

    Click on "My Computer."

  3. 3

    Click on the "C" drive icon.

  4. 4

    Double-click on the "Windows" folder. If prompted with a message explaining what is inside of the "Windows" folder and asking if would you like access, click "Yes" or similar option to access the folder.

  5. 5

    Click on the "System32" folder. If prompted with a message explaining what is inside the "System32" folder and asking if would you like access, click "Yes" or similar option to access the folder.

  6. 6

    Scroll down the window, and locate the "Clipbrd" file.

  7. 7

    Right-click on the "Clipbrd" file.

  8. 8

    Click "Send To."

  9. 9

    Select "Desktop (Create Shortcut)" to place a shortcut to "Clipbrd" on your Windows XP Desktop for easy access to the Clipboard file.

  10. 10

    Navigate to your Windows XP Desktop, and double-click on the "Clipbrd" file to open the Clipboard.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are using a Mac system and want to access the Clipboard, go to "Finder," then "Edit" and "Show Clipboard" to see items you have copied or cut and placed on the Clipboard.
  • Note that Windows Vista doesn't have the "Clipbrd" file---you have to copy it from a Windows XP system and place it within your "System32" folder.

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