The buffer is a kind of virtual storage. Where is the clipboard in Windows
Any computer user knows that very often you have to copy or move data from one place to another. For such operations, the clipboard is used, or just a clipboard. This is what, in most cases, not every user accurately imagines. Even computer terminology dictionaries often give rather vague explanations. And about where the buffer is located in the system, and even fewer users guess. Therefore, below will be a few simple explanations of what it is and how it all works.
Buffer: what is it?
First, a few words about the official interpretation. It is considered that the buffer is a kind of intermediate storage that serves to temporarily save copied or moved data (files, folders, pictures, text fragments, etc.).
But this explanation does not look too clear. You can actually saythat the buffer is a reserved invisible area of RAM memory into which information is copied or moved to be inserted into the program or location on the hard drive.
There are two types of buffers. One is common to the entire system, the second represents its own storage provided (used) by the installed software.
The principle of the clipboard
How does the Windows clipboard, another operating system or program work? Surely, many people noticed that when copying or cutting fragments and objects, they can be inserted into other places on the hard disk or into applications repeatedly.
This is due only to the fact that the information is in the buffer simultaneously and permanently and temporarily. It is deleted only at the next copying and is replaced with a new one. But the full clearing of the contents of the repository occurs every time when the system is restarted or the program is restarted (but only if the application uses not the common, but its own buffer).
Where is the clipboard in Windows XP
Regarding the location of the reserved memory area itself, copying is performed in the operational memory, and if there is not enough space, the virtual memory (swap file) is used.Therefore, even though this area is not visible to the user, when large enough volumes of data are placed into it, the system may begin to slow down.
And now directly about where the clipboard is in Windows and how to view its contents. For the work of the storage is the responsibility of a set of files located in the System32 system directory of the main system directory. In the XP modification, the main file is called clipbrd.exe. Interestingly, to view the contents of the repository, you can simply run the "Run" console and enter the original name of the service there. This will open the contents of the buffer, which if desired can be deleted.
Location of the buffer service in Windows Vista and above
With the systems "Vista" and the rank above, the situation is somewhat more complicated. The clipboard is in the same system directory, but called clip.exe.
But to see what is currently in the buffer is not possible. True, if you hover the cursor on the service file in the "Explorer", the pop-up description will indicate that it is designed specifically for actions with the repository, but you will not be able to edit its contents, as could be done in XP.
Basic shortcut keys for quick access
To work with the data warehouse today you can find a lot of special programs and applications.However, the easiest way to use your own Windows tools in the form of shortcuts.
Every user should know them:
- Copy - Ctrl + C;
- cut - Ctrl + X;
- Paste - Ctrl + V.
Just in case, you can use the Ctrl + A combination to completely select the necessary elements or text.
Cleaning and Buffer Increase Issues
As mentioned above, the data from the storage sometimes needs to be deleted, although when copying too large amounts of data at the time of closing the program, the system itself issues a request to save them in a buffer.
However, you can do it in a simpler way by copying one word or even a letter from some text. All contents of the repository will be cleared and replaced with new information. In addition, the storage can be cleared by a normal system reboot.
Sometimes, by the way, it is useful to clean up the system partition from unnecessary garbage. To do this, simply use the properties section from the right-click menu. On the general tab there is a special button to start the process of cleaning the disk. After pressing it from the list of elements to be deleted, the necessary ones are selected, including the contents of the buffer.
If you do not like this method, you can use optimizers. Practically in each of them you can find the function of troubleshooting and cleaning disks in one click. Previously in the list of modules involved it should be noted that it will be used to clean and optimize the system.
To increase the possible amount of data stored in the buffer, you can use the virtual memory settings in the system performance section, but setting too high values is not recommended. And with a sufficiently large amount of RAM (RAM) to prevent data from being copied to the hard disk (space is reserved there), the paging file can be disabled altogether so that copying can be done exclusively to RAM, which is much faster in speed.
Android mobile systems
Finally, let's see where the clipboard is located on the “Android”. The answer is the same as for other systems: in RAM. But there is no specific file that is responsible for the actions.
True, a relatively new feature appeared in the relatively new Samsung devices of 2014 release and higher.Here you can find a special section, and in the buffer itself several fragments can be saved simultaneously. Thus, the user can choose what to insert and where. Plus undoubted. In Windows systems, even with the best will, it is impossible to do this using standard tools.
To sum up, it should be noted that the buffer in the form of a virtual storage is an exclusively reserved space of RAM for performing copying or moving information. Another thing - the program files that are responsible for the correct functioning of the buffer and the use of RAM or virtual memory. They are located exclusively in the system directories, although at the time of carrying out some actions with the buffer, they also load their own components into RAM (most of the programs work on this in general).
For convenience, special utilities like CLCL 1.1.2 or Comfort Clipboard are sometimes recommended for use in Vista versions and above, where it is impossible to view the contents of the data stored in the buffer.But, as practice shows, the majority of ordinary users will not need such tools in their daily work.