Set-Clipboard, Get-Clipboard in PowerShell, How to use


How to use Set-Clipboard and Get-Clipboard in PowerShell

PowerShell provide a cmdlet for use the clipboard, advanced applications are allowed, from PowerShell save multible items to the clipboard to use later, it is possible to append content to already pasted items in the clipboard.

Use Set-Clipboard in PowerShell

Use the PowerShell cmdlet Set-Clipboard to copy a text to the clipboard.

Set-Clipboard "but this to clipboard.."

Use Get-Clipboard in PowerShell

Use the text you just copied can be retrieved with Get-Clipboard.


Use Set-Clipboard with -Append copy a text to the existing one.

Write-Output "append something to" | Set-Clipboard -Append

This the query again with Get-Clipboard.

Delete clipboard content

The following command deletes the contents on the clipboard.

Write-Host "delete items in clipboard.." $null | clip

Retrieve files and folders from Clipboard

And there is even more to go, if you want to retrieve files and folders that are to be copied from the clipboard, the following command gives the output.

Get-Clipboard -Format FileDropList

It is also useful to copy the text content of files directly without opening the file to clipboard, such as scripts or source code.

Use Get-Content with clipboard

Get-Content copies the content of test.bat to the clipboard.

Get-Content test.bat | clip

Compare-Object compares the content and copies it to the clipboard.

Compare-Object $(Get-Content c:\temp\test.bat) $(Get-Content c:\temp\test1.bat) | clip

The default of Compare-Object is not case sensitive, use the parameter -CaseSensitive to distinguish small and capital letters.

Help with examples for use can be found with Get-Help.

Get-Help Set Clipboard -Detailed
Get-Help Get Clipboard -Detailed


Commonly, in Windows the text or content is copied to the clipboard by pressing the “CTRL+C” shortcut key. However, in PowerShell, the text can also be copied to the clipboard using the “Set-Clipboard” cmdlet. This cmdlet sets the content to the clipboard. Moreover, the copied cmdlets can be pasted too in PowerShell using the “Get-Clipboard” cmdlet.

The following post will elaborate on the method to copy the content to the clipboard.
Using PowerShell Copy to Clipboard Function

As described earlier, the copy to clipboard function in PowerShell sets the text or content to the clipboard. The command used for that purpose is the “Set-Clipboard”. Examples explaining the procedure to copy the text to the clipboard are explained.

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