About Using the Clipboard

About Using the Clipboard

Cut Objects

Cutting deletes selected objects from the drawing and stores them on the Clipboard.
The objects are now available to be pasted into other programs.

Copy Objects

You can use the Clipboard to copy part or all of a drawing into a document created
by another application. The objects are copied in vector format, which retains the
high resolution in other applications. The information stored in the Clipboard can
then be pasted in other programs.

NOTE: If the copied object is embedded, updating the original drawing does not update the
copy embedded in the other program.

Paste Objects

Applications use different internal formats to store Clipboard information. When
you copy objects to the Clipboard, information is stored in all available formats.
When you paste the Clipboard contents into a drawing, the format that retains the
most information is used.

However, you can override this setting and convert pasted information to AutoCAD format.

  • Because it is the easiest format to edit, AutoCAD format is the preferred format for
    copying objects to and from the application. It retains all relevant object information,
    including block references and 3D aspects.
  • The Windows metafile (picture) format contains screen vector information, and files
    can be scaled and printed without losing resolution. Use this format to paste objects
    into Windows applications that support WMF files. Metafiles pasted into the application
    are of higher resolution than bitmapped images (BMP files) but are not as easily manipulated
    as AutoCAD objects.

The color of an object doesn’t change when copied to the Clipboard. For example, white
objects pasted onto a white background won’t be visible. Use the WMFBKGND and WMFFOREGND
system variables to control whether the background or foreground is transparent for
metafile objects pasted into other applications.

You can insert a linked or embedded object from the Clipboard into a drawing with
PASTESPEC. If you convert pasted information to AutoCAD format, the object is inserted
as a block reference. To edit the pasted information, use the EXPLODE command to explode
the block reference into its component objects. When you convert a Windows metafile
stored on the Clipboard to AutoCAD format, you may lose some scaling precision. To
retain proper scaling, save objects in the original drawing as a block (WBLOCK), and
then insert them into AutoCAD using INSERT.

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