In desktop environments such as Gnome, and operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, you can transfer data (usually text) between different applications using the clipboard. The clipboard is distinct from the primary selection and secondary selection discussed earlier. You can access the clipboard through the ‘Edit’ menu of the menu bar (see Menu Bar).
clipboard-kill-region, which is bound to the
Cut menu item, kills the region and saves it in the clipboard.
clipboard-kill-ring-save, which is bound to the
Copy menu item, copies the region to the kill ring and saves it
in the clipboard.
Paste menu item in the Edit menu yanks the contents of
the clipboard at point (
You can customize the variable
make the Emacs yank functions consult the clipboard before the primary
selection, and to make the kill functions to store in the clipboard as
well as the primary selection. Otherwise, these commands do not
access the clipboard at all. Using the clipboard is the default on
MS-Windows and Mac OS, but not on other systems.