Represents a generalized Clipboard format.

public value class FORMATETC
public struct FORMATETC
type FORMATETC = struct
Public Structure FORMATETC


The FORMATETC structure encompass a target device, the aspect or view of the data, and a storage medium indicator. Instead of a Clipboard format, OLE uses a FORMATETC data structure instead. This structure is used as a parameter in OLE functions and methods that require data format information.

For more information about the FORMATETC structure, see the MSDN Library.

The common language runtime throws an exception when a COM method in native code returns an HRESULT. For more information, see How to: Map HRESULTs and Exceptions.


cfFormat cfFormat cfFormat cfFormat

Specifies the particular clipboard format of interest.

dwAspect dwAspect dwAspect dwAspect

Specifies one of the DVASPECT enumeration constants that indicates how much detail should be contained in the rendering.

lindex lindex lindex lindex

Specifies part of the aspect when the data must be split across page boundaries.

ptd ptd ptd ptd

Specifies a pointer to a DVTARGETDEVICE structure containing information about the target device that the data is being composed for.

tymed tymed tymed tymed

Specifies one of the TYMED enumeration constants, which indicates the type of storage medium used to transfer the object's data.

Applies to