How to view the contents of the clipboard

The Windows clipboard is where the text, graphics, etc. that you cut or copy reside, waiting for you to paste them to another location. In Windows XP, it was easy to view the contents of the clipboard with clipbrd.exe, but Microsoft removed that feature in Vista and Windows 7, due to security concerns. However, you can copy the file from an XP computer and install it on Vista or Windows 7. Here’s how:

1.- On the XP computer, right click Start, click Explore and navigate to: C: \ Windows \ System32

2.- Find the file named clipbrd.exe and copy it to a USB thumb drive or a location on the network that’s accessible to the Vista/Windows 7 computer.

3.- Now on the Vista/Windows 7 computer, copy it to that computer’s System32 folder.

Note: If you can’t see the System32 folder, in Explorer first click Organize | Layout and check “Menu Bar” to display the menu bar, then click Tools | Folder Options, click the View tab, and under Advanced Settings, scroll down and check the option to “Show hidden files, folders and drives.” Then uncheck the option to “Hide protected operating system drives (recommended) and click “Yes” when asked if you’re sure you want to do
this.

If you don’t have access to an XP computer, you can instead install a third party clipboard viewer program, such as this one:

http://www.win7news.net/110203-Clipboard

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