# R tips and tricks – readClipboard

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Here is a small utility function to save you some boring work.

Say you have a file to read into R. The file path is `C:\Users\folder1\folder2\folder3\mydata.csv`

. So what do you do? you copy the path, paste it to the editor, and start reversing the backslash into a forward slash so that R can read your file.

With the help of the `rstudioapi`

package, the `readClipboard`

function and the following function:

get_path <- function(){ x <- readClipboard(raw= F) rstudioapi::insertText( paste("#",x, "\n") ) x }

You can

1. Simply copy the path `C:\Users\folder1\folder2\folder3\mydata.csv`

2. execute `pathh <- get_path()`

3. use `pathh`

which is now R-ready.

No more reversing or escaping backslash.

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