How to Access the Clipboard in My Computer

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.

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

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Click on “My Computer.”

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Click on the “C” drive icon.

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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.

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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.

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

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Right-click on the “Clipbrd” file.

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Click “Send To.”

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

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