How to Turn On and Use Clipboard History in Windows 10

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How to Turn On and Use Clipboard History in Windows 10

Windows 10 makes copying and pasting even easier with a feature called Clipboard history. This feature lets you see a list of things you've copied recently. Here's how to activate it and check your clipboard history.

What Gets Saved in Clipboard History?

Clipboard history can save text, HTML, and images up to 4 MB in size. If something is bigger, it won't keep it. You can have up to 25 things in your clipboard history, but old stuff goes away when new stuff comes in. And remember, unless you pin something, the clipboard history clears out when you restart your computer or device.

[NOTE: The clipboard history feature first appeared in Windows 10's October 2018 Update (Version 1809)]

How to Turn On Clipboard History in Windows 10

To get started, click on the "Start" button at the bottom left corner of your screen. Then, find and click on the "Gear" icon, which you'll see on the left side of the menu that pops up. This will open up the "Windows Settings" menu.

An easier way to open Windows Settings is by pressing the "Windows" key on your keyboard and the "i" key at the same time (Windows+i).

Once you're in Windows Settings, look for and click on "System."

How to Turn On Clipboard History in Windows 10

Go to the side menu where it says "Settings" and click on it. In the Settings, look for something called "Clipboard" and click on that. Inside the Clipboard settings, find the part that talks about "Clipboard history" and switch it on.

How to Turn On Clipboard History in Windows 10

Now, your Clipboard history is turned on. If you have a Microsoft account and you're signed in, you can also turn on the "Sync" option here. This way, your clipboard history will be available on all your devices. After doing this, you can close the Settings and use this feature in any app you want.

View Clipboard History in Windows 10 Using Keyboard Shortcut

After turning on Clipboard history, you can see a list of things you've copied recently from any app. To get to the clipboard, press the Windows key and the letter V at the same time.

A little window will show up, and the latest stuff you've copied is right at the top of the list.

View Clipboard History in Windows 10 Using Keyboard Shortcut

You can simply pick any item from the Clipboard history list and then paste it into an open application by clicking on it.

View Clipboard History in Windows 10 Using Keyboard Shortcut

To delete things from your Clipboard history, just click on the three dots next to the item you want to get rid of. Then, choose "Delete" from the little menu that appears.

If you want to delete everything from your Clipboard history, just click on "Clear All" in the three dots menu.

View Clipboard History in Windows 10 Using Keyboard Shortcut

You can also make sure an item stays on your Clipboard history list, even if you restart your computer or clear everything. Just click the three dots and choose "Pin." If you want to remove the pin later, click the three dots again and select "Unpin."

View Clipboard History in Windows 10 Using Keyboard Shortcut

If you're using an older version of Windows, like one before 1909, the Clipboard history might look a bit different. Here are some steps for you:

1. Open Clipboard History: To access your Clipboard history, press the Windows key and the letter "V" together.

2. Different Look: Keep in mind that on older Windows versions, the Clipboard history interface won't look exactly the same as on newer versions.

3. Explore: Take a moment to explore the options and features available in your Clipboard history. You can still use it to manage copied items and paste them when needed.

That's it! You can still use the Clipboard history feature on older Windows versions, even though it may not have the same appearance as in newer versions.

How to Turn Off Clipboard History in Windows 10

To stop Windows 10 from saving your copied items, follow these simple steps:

1. Click on the "Start" button in the bottom left corner of your screen.

2. Choose "Settings" from the menu that pops up.

3. Inside the Settings menu, select "System."

4. Look for the "Clipboard" option in the System menu and click on it.

5. Find the "Clipboard history" switch and turn it off by clicking on it.

How to Turn Off Clipboard History in Windows 10

Once you've done that, if you press the Windows key and the letter 'V' together, you'll see a small message saying Windows 10 can't display your clipboard history because the feature is now turned off.

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