Get Clipboard Action



See Also

Get Clipboard Action-Setting Properties, Cut, Copy, Paste, Clear, Set Clipboard


Retrieves the current contents of the clipboard as text and places it in an AutoMate variable.

Practical Usage

This is a common method used in automation tasks to retrieve data from an application if it does not provide it any other way (such as OLE, DDE, or other means).



Variable Name, Optional - default (empty)

Specifies the name of the AutoMate variable in which to place the clipboard data.


Custom Description

This action includes the Description tab for entering a custom step description.

More on setting custom step description

Standard Error Handling Options

This action also includes the standard Error Causes and On Error failure handling options/tabs.

More on Error Handling Options

Variables and Expressions

All text fields allow the use of expressions, which can be entered by surrounding the expression in percentage signs (example: %MYVARIABLE%, %Left('Text',2)%). To help construct these expressions, you can open Expression Builder from these fields by pressing F2.

More on variables
More on expressions

More on the expression builder


NOTE: The code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps pane of the Task Builder.