Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


Redirects command output from the command line to the Clipboard.



Displays help at the command prompt.

  • You can use clip to copy data directly into any application, such as Word, that can receive text from the Clipboard.


To copy the list of contents in the c:\Windows folder to the Clipboard, at the C:\Windows prompt type:


To paste what you have copied into a WordPad document, start WordPad (or a similar text editor), click Edit, and then click Paste (or right-click, and then click Paste). The following text appears:

  Volume in drive C has no label.
  Volume Serial Number is B446-4F14
  Directory of C:\Windows
05/22/2001 11:00 AM    <DIR>          .
05/22/2001 11:00 AM    <DIR>          ..
05/22/2001 11:14 AM    <DIR>          Ntsd
              0 File(s)              0 bytes
  3 Dir(s)   1,292,802,048 bytes free

To copy the contents of Readme.txt to the Clipboard, type:

clip < readme.txt

To copy the output of the Generic.awk program to the Clipboard, type:

awk -f generic.awk input.txt | clip

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Format Meaning


Information that the user must supply


Elements that the user must type exactly as shown

Ellipsis (...)

Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line

Between brackets ([])

Optional items

Between braces ({}); choices separated by pipe (|). Example: {even|odd}

Set of choices from which the user must choose only one

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Code or program output

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