This article explains how to redirect the output of command line tools to the Windows Vista Clipboard.

Redirecting the console output to Clipboard

Windows Vista ships with Clip.exe, a console tool that can be used to redirect the console output directly to the Windows Clipboard. To get more information about this utility, open a Command Prompt window and type:

Clip /?

Press {ENTER}


Redirects output of command line tools to the Windows clipboard.
This text output can then be pasted into other programs.

Parameter List:
/? Displays this help message.

DIR | CLIP Places a copy of the current directory listing into the Windows clipboard.

CLIP < README.TXT Places a copy of the text from readme.txt on to the Windows clipboard.

For example, to generate the System information and copy the output directly to the clipboard, type the following:

Systeminfo | Clip

The pipe (|) operator reads the output from one command and writes it to the input of another command.

Open a Notepad window and press CTRL+V to paste the System information data from the clipboard.