TIL: you can pipe to clipboard

RobertKaucherRobertKaucher Posts: 4,298Member
I consider myself well-versed in the Windows command line and PowerShell, but today I learned that you can pipe commands to a little known application called clip that puts the output into the clipboard.
C:\Users\rkaucher>ipconfig | clip
Or in PowerShell
PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-ChildItem | clip

Wow. I wish I had known this 4 years ago...


  • NotHackingYouNotHackingYou Posts: 1,460Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    When you go the extra mile, there's no traffic.
  • ptilsenptilsen Posts: 2,835Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    To think of all the time I've wasted text-file redirecting...
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  • undomielundomiel Posts: 2,818Member
    Nice find, I definitely wish I had known this earlier. It'll clean up a lot of those text files I scatter around with long command outputs.
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  • crrussell3crrussell3 Posts: 561Member
    Awesome find!
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  • QordQord Senior Member Posts: 628Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Awesome. Most exciting thing so far this week!! (Is that bad?)
  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 5,163Mod Mod
    That's obscenely useful. Excellent find and thank you for sharing! icon_thumright.gif

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  • AkaricloudAkaricloud Posts: 938Member
    Wow, I can't believe I've never seen this done before. Thanks! That will be extremely useful.
  • paulgswansonpaulgswanson Posts: 311Member
    What the bleepers! That'll make ping sweeps a bloody breeze!
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  • RobertKaucherRobertKaucher Posts: 4,298Member
    C:\Users\Bob>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.
    Reading contents of a file is pretty cool as well.
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