How to Use Clipboard History in Windows 10

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With a feature called Clipboard History, you can see and use a recent list of items you have copied to the clipboard.

Clipboard History first appeared in October 2018 update for Windows 10, so you should have installed this update. The feature supports text, HTML (web pages) and images less than 4MB in size.

Clipboard History stores a maximum of 25 entries, with the older ones dropping off as new items appear. Unless an item is pinned, the list will reset every time your device is restarted.

This is for devices using Windows 10 operating system

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Enable Clipboard History

Navigate to Settings by pressing Windows + I. Once there, click the System option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the System option in Settings

On the sidebar, click on Clipboard. In this option, locate the section Clipboard History and toggle the switch to On. See below image:

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Enable Clipboard History

Clipboard History is now enabled. You may close Settings and use the feature in any application.

View Clipboard History

You can now call up a list of items you have copied recently while using any application. To do so, press Windows + V. See following image:

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View Clipboard History items

A small floating window will pop up either near the application you are using, or if all windows are closed or minimized, in the lower-right corner of your screen. At the top of the list will be the most recent items you have copied. Refer to below image:

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The Clipboard History items in mosr recent order

While the Clipboard History window is open, you can click on any item in the list to paste it into an open application or document at the location of your cursor. See following image:

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Paste your Clipboard History item at the location of your cursor

Pin a Clipboard History Item

You can also pin an item to the Clipboard History list by clicking on the tiny Hamburger icon (the one with 3 dots) and selecting the Pin option. That way, the item will remain on the Clipboard History list even if you reboot the computer or click Clear all. See below image:

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Pin a Clipboard History item

Remove a Clipboard History Item

To remove items from Clipboard History, click the Delete option beside an item on the list. Or you can clear the entire list by clicking the Clear all option. Refer to below image:

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Delete or Clear all your Clipboard History item(s)

Disable Clipboard History

To turn off Clipboard History in Windows 10, navigate to Settings > System > Clipboard. Locate the option Clipboard History and toggle the switch to Off. See below image:

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Turn off Clipboard History

You may now close Settings. Once the feature is disabled, if you press Windows + V, you will see a small window alerting you that Windows 10 cannot show your Clipboard History because the feature is turned off.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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