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Visual Basic RegisterClipboardFormat Return value Conversion Solution

Visual Basic RegisterClipboardFormat Return value Conversion Solution

Visual Basic RegisterClipboardFormat Return value Conversion Solution

I ran across a thread looking for the Declaration for the RegisterClipboardFormat and discovered a problem I hadn't yet encountered... (See thread 713-700610).

The API Call returns a Long value, which in that post it's mentioned that the value is in excess of 40000 - Beyond the limit of VB's integer, which is what is the Data Type for DataObject.GetData/SetData - Here's the solution...

Visual Basic doesn't have an unsigned 16 bit integer... But GetData/SetData doesn't care about the sign.  So all we have to do is convert that return unsigned integer (as a Long) into the equivalent signed integer by...

Dim fmt As Integer
Dim rfmt As Long
rfmt = RegisterClipboardFormat("NewClipboardFormat")
'Take the Two's complete of the return value and it
'will give you the absolute value of the return (when
'interpreted as a negative number).  Then just restore the
fmt = -(rfmt Xor (2 ^ 16 - 1)) + 1

I tried ORing the returned long with an Integer to achieve the same end but VB wouldn't allow it...

If you've followed along this far, you might also want to consider just using the following declaration instead:

Public Declare Function RegisterClipboardFormat Lib "user32" Alias "RegisterClipboardFormatA" (ByVal FormatName As String) As Integer

Values in excess of the upper positive limit of an Integer will be returned as a negative number...

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