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How to Use Clipboard History in Windows 10

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How to Use Clipboard History in Windows 10

How to Use Clipboard History in Windows 10

Windows 10 supported copying one piece of content at a time and no interface to view the things you copied.  Starting with the October 2018 Update, Windows 10 introduces a new clipboard that tracks the text and images (up to 4MB) that you copy. Also, you can finally view and paste content from the clipboard history, and even pin items that you copy and paste more frequently.

To enable the new clipboard experience use these steps:

1. Open Settings.

2. Click on System.

3. Click on Clipboard.

4. Turn on the Clipboard history toggle switch.



The fastest way to access a history of items saved to your clipboard is by using the hotkey Win + V. This hotkey is used from whatever application you wish to access the clipboard from.





How to sync clipboard history on Windows 10

If you want to sync your clipboard across multiple device, return to the same Settings screen and scroll down a little further. You will see a ‘Sync across devices’ option that requires you sign in with your Microsoft account. You cannot sync your clipboard items without signing into your Microsoft account.



Select the automatic syncing option you want to use:


  • Automatically sync text that I copy: Your clipboard history will sync to the cloud and across your devices.
  • Never automatically sync text that I copy: You must manually open the clipboard history and select the content you want to make available across devices.


After completing the steps, your content history will sync to the cloud and across devices using the settings you specified.



How to clear clipboard history

Since copied items are automatically saved in the new Windows 10 clipboard, so it may become important to clear the clipboard from time to time, which is a very simple process. You should note that cleared items are lost forever.

To clear the clipboard history use these steps:

1. Open Settings.

2. Click on System.

3. Click on Clipboard.

4. Under "Clear clipboard data," click the Clear button.



Once you've completed the steps, your clipboard content will be deleted from your device and Microsoft account, but pinned items will remain in the history until you remove them manually.

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