How to Access the Clipboard in My Computer

By Nick Davis

You are working on a word processing document, and you need access to an item you just copied to the clipboard. You wonder if there is a way to get to the clipboard quickly. The clipboard is a storage area within an operating system for items you “copy” or “cut” from a document, website or other computer application. Accessing the clipboard on your computer is not tricky. In Windows XP, the clipboard can be accessed through the “My Computer” selection.

Step 1

Click “Start” from the Windows XP “Desktop.”

Step 2

Click on “My Computer.”

Step 3

Click on the “C” drive icon.

Step 4

Double-click on the “Windows” folder. If prompted with a message explaining what is inside of the “Windows” folder and asking if would you like access, click “Yes” or similar option to access the folder.

Step 5

Click on the “System32” folder. If prompted with a message explaining what is inside the “System32” folder and asking if would you like access, click “Yes” or similar option to access the folder.

Step 6

Scroll down the window, and locate the “Clipbrd” file.

Step 7

Right-click on the “Clipbrd” file.

Step 8

Click “Send To.”

Step 9

Select “Desktop (Create Shortcut)” to place a shortcut to “Clipbrd” on your Windows XP Desktop for easy access to the Clipboard file.

Step 10

Navigate to your Windows XP Desktop, and double-click on the “Clipbrd” file to open the Clipboard.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using a Mac system and want to access the Clipboard, go to “Finder,” then “Edit” and “Show Clipboard” to see items you have copied or cut and placed on the Clipboard.
  • Note that Windows Vista doesn't have the “Clipbrd” file—you have to copy it from a Windows XP system and place it within your “System32” folder.