How to Enable and Use Clipboard History on Windows 10

A Clipboard is a space where all your copied data appears before it is pasted to the destination place.

Clipboard history was introduced along with the Windows 10 update version. Clipboard history stores the old copied content to get you to hold onto it if you forgot to place it to the destination. It can carry up to 25 copied items, erasing the older ones than that.

If you do not tag down your content on the Clipboard, the Clipboard will refresh each time you restart your system.

How to Work with Clipboard History in Windows 10

To enable the Clipboard History in Windows 10, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Tap on the ‘Start’ button and go to the ‘Windows Settings’ by clicking the ‘gear’ icon on the start menu.

The keyboard shortcut to open the ‘Windows Settings’ directly is ‘Windows + i.’

  • Next window appears with a list of options, select ‘System.’
  • Tap on the ‘Clipboard’ button from the sidebar to open the ‘Clipboard Settings.’
  • Turn the slider ‘on’ in the ‘Clipboard History’ section.
  • Once you’re done turning the Clipboard History on, close the settings, and you’re good to go.

Viewing Clipboard History in Windows 10

Enabling Clipboard History means you can view any data you’ve copied not long ago. Keyboard shortcut to view the same is ‘Windows + v.’

When you use the shortcut to open the Clipboard History, a window will cpop-up on the bottom right of the screen, consisting of all the recent data you copied. By default, the recent data appears at the top, and while you scroll, the old one appears at the bottom.

You can click on any data appearing in the History window to paste it on any application you’re working with.

In other cases, if you want to delete any data which you don’t need or is unnecessarily stored in the Clipboard History, tap on the ‘x’ icon, present next to the data. If you want all the data to be erased, tap on the ‘Clear All’ button on the top right of the window.

As mentioned above, if you don’t pin or tag the data in your Clipboard History, it’ll get refreshed each time you restart your PC. To pin the data on the Clipboard, tap the ‘Pin’ icon right next to the data, below the ‘x’ icon.

How to turn-off Clipboard History in Windows 10

The steps to disable the Clipboard History in Windows 10 are:

  1. Tap on the ‘Start’ button and go to the ‘Windows Settings’ by clicking the ‘gear’ icon on the start menu.

The keyboard shortcut to open the ‘Windows Settings’ directly is ‘Windows + i.’

  • Next window appears with a list of options, select ‘System.’
  • Tap on the ‘Clipboard’ button from the sidebar to open the ‘Clipboard Settings.’
  • Turn the slider ‘Off’ in the ‘Clipboard History’ section.

This will turn the Clipboard History off, and you’ll no longer see the copied data.

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