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I am learning C# as I write a program which interfaces with a spectrometer. I have figured out how to get a spectrum from the spectrometer and plot it on an MS chart.

How do I copy the contents of a String to the clipboard in C#? Read a random line from file on webserver and add to clipboard. How to copy data to clipboard.


How do I copy the image of the chart into the clipboard so that it can be pasted into other programs?

I'm using Visual Studio C# 2010.

I have found the chart.SaveImage method, but I would really rather copy the image to the clipboard rather than having to save it to disk. I have not found a chart.CopyPicture method.

I also figured out how to copy the raw data to clipboard as a string, which can then be pasted into an Excel worksheet and plotted, but I would rather just copy the image itself.

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I am able to copy the image to the clipboard using the following code:

Surely there is way to get the image directly Clipboard without saving and retrieving it from a disk file first. Please, please let me know how this is done (before one of my coworkers finds this kludge)!


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To get image from chart control, save it to memory stream, create bitmap and then send it to clipboard:

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I am saving the chart images as a metafile (EMF) through a memory stream. I want to preserve the original image resolution and preserve the option to ungroup the vector images and edit them in PowerPoint. Recently, I upgraded to a very high-resolution laptop and I found that the chart image was being framed with a lot of empty space. If I paste the image into PowerPoint or Word, the pasted image will be very small. Cropping and resizing manually is not satisfactory, and I don't want to have to downgrade my screen resolution to get the images to paste larger. Here is the solution I found (below).

I am using VB.Net 2008, so the Chart.Clone method was not available. I had to implement a separate function to clone the chart, but if you have a more recent version of Visual Studio, you can uncomment the line below and delete the CloneMSChart function and the line referencing it. Here are references to the relevant websites I used to find the solution:

and here is the composite solution:





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