How to Access Clipboard History on Windows 10

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On any Windows computer, when you press Ctrl + V, it only pastes the last piece of data you copied. You can’t access previously copied items as they are lost forever. But now, Windows 10 users can save multiple items to the Clipboard and use them later. You can do so, by accessing the Clipboard history on your Windows 10 computer.

Windows 10’s new clipboard can remember your copied texts, web links, images, and other data up to 4 MB. Later, you can access them from the clipboard panel, and paste any content whenever you need.

This tutorial shows, how to access clipboard history on Windows 10. Keep in mind, you have to run version 1809 or later of the Windows 10 OS to experience this feature.

Enable Clipboard History on Windows 10

The Clipboard history remains disabled by default. To enjoy this feature, you need to enable it first. To enable Clipboard History in the Settings, follow these steps.

  1. Open ‘Settings’.
  2. Click on ‘System’.
  3. Click on ‘Clipboard’
  4. Under the ‘Clipboard History’ section, turn on the toggle.
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Access Clipboard History on Windows 10

Once you enable the clipboard history feature, you can still use ‘Ctrl+C’, ‘Ctrl+X’ and ‘Ctrl+V’ shortcut to copy, cut, and paste an item. However, You can now use ‘Windows key + V’ shortcut to open up the clipboard panel. On this interface, you’ll find a history of items you’ve copied from different applications.

To paste an item from the clipboard panel, simply click on that item.

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The contents of the clipboard are erased, when you shut down your computer or clear clipboard history. But, by clicking on the pin icon, you can keep an item saved even when you restart your PC. You can pin items that you paste frequently.

Clear Clipboard History on Windows 10

If you’d like to clear your entire history from the clipboard, head back to Settings > System > Clipboard. Under ‘Clear clipboard data’, click the ‘Clear’ button. Remember, this won’t delete your pinned items. To delete the pinned items manually, first, unpin them and then click the ‘Clear’ button.

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You can also click the “x” button to remove an individual item from your clipboard.

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So, what do you think about the Clipboard History feature on Windows 10? Let us know in the comments.