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How to Access the Clipboard in My Computer

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

Click on "My Computer."

Click on the "C" drive icon.

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.

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.

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

Right-click on the "Clipbrd" file.

Click "Send To."

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

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

Tip

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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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.