Edit --> Paste under Virtual PC

Edit --> Paste under Virtual PC

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One of the features of the Virtual Machine Additions under Virtual PC is that you can easily copy and paste between applications on the virtual machine and on the physical machine.  There is a lesser known feature of Virtual PC that works independently of the Virtual Machine Additions - and that is the 'Paste' option on the 'Edit' menu of the virtual machine session window.

If you select this option; Virtual PC will copy any text from the host’s clipboard and type it into the virtual machine at a moderate pace**.  The advantage of this is that it allows you to paste complex strings (like product serial numbers or complex commands) into the virtual machine at any time with any guest operating system.

Cheers,
Ben

** A couple of people have asked why the text is typed as slowly as it is - and the reason is that if we type the text too quickly it can cause problems with guest operating systems that have small keyboard buffers (like DOS).

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  • But you've got to make sure that you use the same keyboard mapping on the host and the virtual machine, since it's translated in keystokes.
  • This is now I quickly enter a serial number during a Windows install. Very handy feature and works great :)
  • Is there anyway to stop this paste via APPLE+V?

    Currently, my VPC is slowly 'pasting' in 8000+ lines of text. I did some rough calculations and I am looking at about another 50 minutes of this pasting before i can use my vpc again.

    Normally, when I paste a big buffer like this i use the CTRL+V in windows and it is snappy. This time I accidently entered APPLE+V to disasterous results.
  • > you can easily copy and paste between
    > applications on the virtual machine and on
    > the physical machine.

    If the virtual machine is running a checked build, then even though the VM Additions can be installed and partly work, this is one of the things that doesn't work. So I already discovered and used the other method of pasting that you mentioned, but there's no convenient way to copy out.

    Tuesday, August 23, 2005 3:16 AM by SvOlli
    > But you've got to make sure that you use the
    > same keyboard mapping on the host and the
    > virtual machine, since it's translated in
    > keystokes.

    Ummmm, thank you for the warning, but I wonder how that's even possible. I don't really have a suitable environment for testing because one of the first things I do in a new installation is to fix the keyboard driver and layout anyway because otherwise the input translated by Windows won't match what the keycaps say. But as for pasting in keystrokes instead of pasting characters, what happens if I copy from say a Notepad display where one of the characters is "\" and Notepad doesn't know if someone on another computer years ago typed it using the key yen+orbar or the key backslash+underbar? For either of those keys, if unshifted the character is a yen sign, though obviously if shifted the characters differ. So when copying and pasting, how does the pasting utility know which keypress to simulate?
  • > Is there anyway to stop this paste via APPLE+V?

    I stopped a mistaken massive Edit->Paste operation by changing what is in the cut and paste buffer on the host...

    On the host, I just cut a couple of characters.  They were pasted in, instead of the text that was previously in the buffer, and the Edit->Paste operation finished.

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