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Clipboard in Windows 7 Home Premium


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The ClipBoard exists In memory.

When you Copy TEXT, a File, an Image, etc, it goes into Memory such that you can now Paste it.

The ClipBoard is the name of the scratchpad space used for this kind of process.

In Win7 you need a 3rd Party utility to access or view the scratchpad space contents.

You simply Copy and Paste and know it goes to clipboard. 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clipboard_(computing)

 

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2 hours ago, David H. Lipman said:

you need a 3rd Party utility to access or view the scratchpad space contents

Thanks for verifying that.  I saw some clipboard viewers in my search and thought it looked suspect. 

Wiki says:

"Since most operating systems (e.g. Windows, macOS, Linux, X11, Android, iOS) do not save the clipboard contents to any persistent storage – when a user logs out or reboots the system the clipboard contents are deleted – an added functionality is to save the clipboard persistently." 

Can I assume a logout or reboot erases the content in Windows 7? 

 

 

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Since the ClipBoard is memory resident in what is a part of what is called Primary Storage (aka RAM) it is not permanent.  Primary Storage is volatile memory.  Which means that when the power is removed the state of the memory "chip" is lost.

This is in contrast to Secondary Storage.  Secondary Storage is called non-volatile memory.  Which means that when the power is removed the state of the memory "chip" or media remains intact.  Which means the content is not lost.

Examples of non-volatile memory are;  Read Only Memory (ROM) "chips",  Spindle Hard Disks, Sold State Hard Disks, Flash Drives, Memory Cards, CD/DVD, Floppy Disks, ZIP Disks and Magnetic Tape and Wire.  On these devices a process must be performed to force the loss of that data stored.

In short, the ClipBoard is part of Primary Storage and thus its contents are volatile and will be lost.

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