Copy to clipboard

06-03-2005, 03:02 AM
I have a picturebox called "Picture1" (an interesting name, isn't it?).

Now I want to copy it to clipboard.

I wrote:
Private Sub Command1_Click()
Clipboard.SetData Picture1.Picture
End Sub

But it doesn't work. It clears the board, and copies nothing into it.

I guess the problem is the types. Clipboard.SetData gets an IPictureDisp but Picture1.Picture is a StdPicture.

Any ideas to solve this problem?

06-03-2005, 05:01 AM
Copied from MSDN


object.SetData [data], [format]

The SetData method syntax has these parts:

Part Description
object Required. Anobject expression that evaluates to an object in the Applies To list.
data Optional A variant containing the data to be passed to the DataObject object.
format Optional. A constant or value that specifies the format of the data being passed, as described in Settings.


The settings for format are:

Constant Value Description
vbCFText 1 Text (.txt files)
vbCFBitmap 2 Bitmap (.bmp files)
vbCFMetafile 3 Metafile (.wmf files)
vbCFEMetafile 14 Enhanced metafile (.emf files)
vbCFDIB 8 Device-independent bitmap (DIB)
vbCFPalette 9 Color palette
vbCFFiles 15 List of files
vbCFRTF -16639 Rich text format (.rtf files)

06-03-2005, 06:19 AM
You mean?

06-03-2005, 06:37 AM
You need to specify what type of data you're copying to the clipboard. Those are the constants for specifying the data.

06-03-2005, 06:44 AM
You need to use the OPTIONAL type - in your case VBCFBitmap

06-03-2005, 06:45 AM
I know the constant, I've already tried

Clipboard.SetData Picture1.Picture, vbCFBitmap


Clipboard.SetData Picture1.Picture, vbCFDIB

but seems not to work.
I would send you my code, but it is so short, all is I posted above. I draw into Picture1 by Picture.Line (blabla)

Drawing is fine, but copying is not. Doesn't copy anything.

06-03-2005, 06:58 AM
Okay, try setting the focus on the picture then

Clipboard.SetData Screen.ActiveControl.Picture

06-03-2005, 07:19 AM
Still not working...

06-03-2005, 07:38 AM
I've just tried it and it works!

created a new project
Added a picture box and a command button
pasted in your code (with NO other code)
Chose a .JPG image for the picture box
ran the project
clicked command1
ran mspaint
ctrl + v and there it is!

What image format are you using for the picture1.picture property? .GIF? .TIFF? .JPEG?

06-03-2005, 07:54 AM
I draw picture1 myself. It is a color-gradient generator, and draws a gradient into a picturebox. First I was drawing directly onto the form. Later, in another thread, I was told to draw into a picturebox so that I can copy into clipboard.

So its property is nothing.

My code that draw into it is (only an example, not a gradient now) is

dim i as integer
for i=0 to Picture1.Width
Picture1.Line ( i , 0 ) - ( i , Picture1.Height ) , RGB(rnd*256,256,256)

So I don't have a jpg or Gif or anything.

06-03-2005, 07:59 AM
You're right, it doesn't work! Interesting... i'll get back to you on that one.

06-03-2005, 08:08 AM
I'm assuming you are using persistent graphics to draw your image. If you draw your image, there isn't a picture loaded. Use the image property of the picturebox to set your graphic data:

Option Explicit

Private Sub Command1_Click()

'Clear the clipboard and copy the picture box image.
Clipboard.SetData Picture1.Image

End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()

'Set picture box persistant graphics.
Me.Picture1.AutoRedraw = True

'Create an image in the picturebox.
Dim i As Integer
For i = 0 To Picture1.Width
Picture1.Line (i, 0)-(i, Picture1.Height), RGB(Rnd * 256, 256, 256)

End Sub

06-03-2005, 08:13 AM
I can't believe myself that I have forgotten to turn on Autoredraw!!!

Thank a lot both diurnal and spikey, the problem is over :D !!!

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