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A clipboard is small, thin board that is typically slightly larger than a pad of standard sheets of paper, with a large (typically metal) clip at the top. It is used to rigidly support the pad of paper with one hand, while writing on it with the other. Clipboards are typically used in situations where one is not assured of finding good writing surfaces.
In computing, the clipboard is a portion of memory where information that has been copied or cut from a computer application is stored. This storage is meant as a short-term volatile place to keep information that will be used again shortly.

In the Microsoft Windows operating system, the contents of the clipboard can be viewed at any time by using the ClipBook Viewer application (clipbrd.exe).