clip it

In PowerShell I ran (dir *.exe).Count to see the number of executables in System32 folder in a Vista box and it prompty returned 401. So there are 401 executables and most of us are unaware of most of them.

Recently I wanted to copy the output of a console application to the clip board. I was on the verge of writing a program to do just that when I reminded myself of the programmers disease. After a bit of digging around I found the neat little clip.exe in the system32 folder.

d:\prithvi\Setup>clip /?


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.

So clip does what I was exactly looking for. Its a neat tool and I have grown fond of it. Guess how I pasted the output above. I ran clip /? | clip 🙂

Comments (6)

  1. I wish I had known about that a long time ago! It looks like it is/was part of the Resource Kit Tools for Windows Server 2000 or NT somewhere, so it doesn’t look like it comes with a Windows XP Professional installation (as far as I could tell). After some searching online, I stumbled across a link to this Microsoft FTP site: clip.exe can be downloaded from there.

  2. Pipe data from a file or command to the clipboard in the Command Prompt!

  3. Michael Zand says:


    I’m looking for the complement of clip.  In other words, a command which pastes the contents of the clipboard to the command prompt.  I know I can do this using the right mouse button but I would like a way to do it without using the mouse.


  4. @Michael Zand:

    To paste the clipboard contents to a cmd.exe window using only the keyboard, try:  Alt+Space, e, p.  (Alt+Space opens the window’s Titlebar menu, e for Edit, p for Paste.)  Not terribly elegant, but it works!

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