How to Enable and Use Clipboard History on Windows 10

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Windows 10 takes copy and paste to another level with a feature called Clipboard History, which lets you see a list of items you’ve copied to the clipboard recently. Just press Windows + V. Here’s how to activate it and view your clipboard history.

What is stored in the clipboard history?

Clipboard history first appeared in Windows 10 October 2018 update (Version 1809). Currently, the Clipboard history supports text, HTML, and images under 4MB. Larger items will not be stored in the history.

Clipboard history stores a maximum of 25 entries, the oldest elements disappearing as new ones appear. In addition, unless an item is pinned to the Clipboard, the clipboard history list will reset each time you restart your computer or device.

How to enable clipboard history in Windows 10

First, click the “Start” button, then click the “Gear” icon on the left side of the Start menu to open the “Windows Settings” menu. You can also press Windows + i to access it.

In Windows settings, click “System”.

Click System in the settings on Windows 10

In the Settings sidebar, click “Clipboard”. In the Clipboard settings, find the section called “Clipboard History” and toggle the switch to “On”.

Click the clipboard history switch in Windows 10 system settings

Clipboard history is now enabled. You can now close the settings and use the function in any application.

How to view clipboard history in Windows 10

Once you have activated Clipboard history, you can call up a list of items that you have copied recently when using any application. To do this, press Windows + V.

A small floating window will appear near the application you are using, or if all windows are closed or minimized, in the lower right corner of your screen. The most recent items you have copied will be at the top of the list.

Clipboard history window in Windows 10

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.

Click on an item in the clipboard history list to paste it

To delete items from the Clipboard history, click the small “X” next to an item in the list. Or you can clear the entire list by clicking “Clear All” in the upper right corner of the Clipboard history window.

Click X or Clear All to delete items from your Clipboard history

You can also pin an item to the Clipboard history list by clicking on the little pin icon next to the item. That way, the item will remain in the Clipboard history list even if you restart the computer or click “Clear All”.

Click the pushpin icon to pin an item to your Clipboard history

How to turn off clipboard history in Windows 10

To disable Clipboard history in Windows 10, go to Settings> System> Clipboard. Locate the option labeled “Clipboard History” and toggle the switch to “Off”.

Click the clipboard history switch in Windows 10 system settings to turn it off

Once deactivated, if you press Windows + V, you will see a small window warning you that Windows 10 cannot display your clipboard history because the functionality is deactivated.

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