clipboard(n) Tk Built-In Commands clipboard(n)______________________________________________________________________________NAMEclipboard - Manipulate Tk clipboardSYNOPSISclipboard option ?arg arg ...?
This command provides a Tcl interface to the Tk clipboard, which stores
data for later retrieval using the selection mechanism. In order to
copy data into the clipboard, clipboard clear must be called, followed
by a sequence of one or more calls to clipboard append. To ensure that
the clipboard is updated atomically, all appends should be completed
before returning to the event loop.
The first argument to clipboard determines the format of the rest of
the arguments and the behavior of the command. The following forms are
clipboard clear ?-displayof window?
Claims ownership of the clipboard on window's display and
removes any previous contents. Window defaults to ``.''.
Returns an empty string.
clipboard append ?-displayof window? ?-format format? ?-type type? ?--?
Appends data to the clipboard on window's display in the form
given by type with the representation given by format and claims
ownership of the clipboard on window's display.
Type specifies the form in which the selection is to be returned
(the desired ``target'' for conversion, in ICCCM terminology),
and should be an atom name such as STRING or FILE_NAME; see the
Inter-Client Communication Conventions Manual for complete
details. Type defaults to STRING.
The format argument specifies the representation that should be
used to transmit the selection to the requester (the second col‐
umn of Table 2 of the ICCCM), and defaults to STRING. If format
is STRING, the selection is transmitted as 8-bit ASCII charac‐
ters. If format is ATOM, then the data is divided into fields
separated by white space; each field is converted to its atom
value, and the 32-bit atom value is transmitted instead of the
atom name. For any other format, data is divided into fields
separated by white space and each field is converted to a 32-bit
integer; an array of integers is transmitted to the selection
requester. Note that strings passed to clipboard append are
concatenated before conversion, so the caller must take care to
ensure appropriate spacing across string boundaries. All items
appended to the clipboard with the same type must have the same
The format argument is needed only for compatibility with clip‐
board requesters that don't use Tk. If the Tk toolkit is being
used to retrieve the CLIPBOARD selection then the value is con‐
verted back to a string at the requesting end, so format is
A -- argument may be specified to mark the end of options: the
next argument will always be used as data. This feature may be
convenient if, for example, data starts with a -.
clear, format, clipboard, append, selection, type
Tk 4.0 clipboard(n)