Assume I have text in the file textFile.txt. Also assume I have a program running called aProgram.exe, which accepts pasted text.

What is the simplest way to create a script or batch that will capture the text in textFile.txt, open aProgram.exe and paste the contents of my clipboard?

Organised differently, how may I

  1. Place text in textFile.txt into clipoard
  2. Open aProgram.exe (which is already running)
  3. Paste my clipboard on aProgram.exe (Control + V, is what I mean here)

Thank you very much for your help.


You can use this hybrid bat with vbs to do this with you, just save as file.cmd:

<!-- ::
@echo off & type "C:\folder\path\your\textFile.txt"| clip 
"%windir%\system32\WScript.exe" "%~dpnx0?.wsf" && goto :EOF || rem :: -->
<job><script language="vbscript">Set WshShell=WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run ("""C:\\Program Files\\aProgram.exe"""),9
WScript.Sleep 3000: WshShell.SendKeys "^+v": </script></job>

The code above opens your program, edit this path below and according to the location of the program using \\ instead \:

C:\\Program Files\\aProgram.exe

You also need to edit the path to your textFile.txt:

@echo off & type "C:\folder\path\your\textFile.txt" | clip 

You may need to adjust the timeout on:

WScript.Sleep 3000

For do the same in PowerShell

Get-Content -path "C:\folder\path\your\textFile.txt" | Set-Clipboard
Start-Process -FilePath 'C:\\Program Files\\aProgram.exe'
Start-Sleep -m 700
$wshell = New-Object -ComObject wscript.shell
$wshell.AppActivate('add here the aProgram.exe windows name')
Start-Sleep -m 700 

You also need to edit the path to your textFile.txt:

Get-Content -path "C:\folder\path\your\textFile.txt"  | Set-Clipboard 

You may need to adjust the timeout on:

Start-Sleep -m 700
  • Thank you very much, Sir. What a fantastic and thoughtful response! Apr 26 '20 at 23:33
  • @GustavoLouisG.Montańo Is good to know that code works for you too, thkx! Sorry my limited /EN! Apr 26 '20 at 23:34

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