devxlogo

Sharing Text Between Applications

Sharing Text Between Applications

Question:
How can I get text selected in an application, say notepad into a vb text box in my application. Then, what about the reverse: if i have text in a text box (i want to use all of it (i.e. not selected) how can I get it to paste into another apps edit box at the current position of the cursor?

Answer:
Cut, copy and paste code is very easy to do. I always provide an Edit menuin my applications and make this code available within the choices. Youare basically using the Clipboard object to transfer data to and from otherapplications or within your own application. Each of these menu items(which are named so that you can figure out what they do) first check thecurrent control to make sure that it is a TextBox control. They then usethe appropriate method of the Clipboard to cut, copy, or paste text to orfrom the control. You can remove the If/Then statement if you wish.ActiveForm is a property of the MDI form which points to the currentlyactive child form within the MDI frame. ActiveControl is the currentlyactive control on that form. You can replace ActiveForm.ActiveControl withthe name of your text box, if you wish.

Private Sub mnEditCopy_Click()   If TypeOf ActiveForm.ActiveControl Is TextBox Then      Clipboard.SetText ActiveForm.ActiveControl.SelText   End IfEnd SubPrivate Sub mnEditCut_Click()   If TypeOf ActiveForm.ActiveControl Is TextBox Then      Clipboard.SetText ActiveForm.ActiveControl.SelText      ActiveForm.ActiveControl.SelText = “”   End IfEnd SubPrivate Sub mnEditPaste_Click()   If TypeOf ActiveForm.ActiveControl Is TextBox Then      ActiveForm.ActiveControl.SelText = Clipboard.GetText   End IfEnd SubPrivate Sub mnEditSelectAll_Click()   If TypeOf ActiveForm.ActiveControl Is TextBox Then      Me.ActiveForm.ActiveControl.SelStart = 1      Me.ActiveForm.ActiveControl.SelLength =Len(ActiveForm.ActiveControl.Text)   End IfEnd Sub

See also  5 Tips for Choosing the Right Medical Software for Your Practice
devxblackblue

About Our Editorial Process

At DevX, we’re dedicated to tech entrepreneurship. Our team closely follows industry shifts, new products, AI breakthroughs, technology trends, and funding announcements. Articles undergo thorough editing to ensure accuracy and clarity, reflecting DevX’s style and supporting entrepreneurs in the tech sphere.

See our full editorial policy.

About Our Journalist