Copy paste through remote desktops with wordpad

18 05 2007

I don’t know how long this has been working, but at least since Windows 2003 it has been working fine. Read on…. 🙂

Have you ever tried to do a copy+paste operation through a remote desktop? It works fine wit text, but when it comes to files… no way!

Some time ago, a friend of mine showed me a way of doing this using wordpad. Actually wordpad serializes the file into an object that then can be pasted at a remote desktop into another instance of wordpad…. This is wild 😀

Here are the steps you need to achieve this:

  1. Open wordpad in the origin desktop (remote or not, it doesn’t matter)
  2. Drag and drop the file into wordpad. It will look like an embedded object
  3. Copy the object
  4. Go to the destination desktop and open wordpad
  5. Paste; it will take a while depending on the connection speed and the file size. Some popups may appear saying the application is not responding or something like that. Keep hitting Retry.
  6. Now drag and drop the object to the destination folder (i.e. your desktop)
  7. And there you go! You’ve got the file.

This has proved very useful in several occasions… Hope it works for you to 😉

BTW, Thanks Manuel Fonseca for this great tip!




4 responses

7 06 2007

Hi! nice site!

7 06 2007

Thanks! Glad you like it 🙂

15 12 2007

very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

12 02 2008

Hi, would you like to elaborate? Why don’t you agree? Thanks.

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