How to Activate and Use Clipboard History in Windows 10

How to Activate and Use Clipboard History in Windows 10

Windows 10 takes copy and paste to another level with a feature called Clipboard history, which allows you to see a list of items that you have copied to the clipboard recently. Just press Windows + V. Here’s how to turn it on and see your clipboard history.

What Is Kept in the History of the Clipboard?

History Clipboard first appeared in the October 10 Update of Windows 2018 (Version 1809). At present, Clipboard history supports text, HTML, and images that are less than 4MB in size. Larger items will not be stored in history.

Clipboard history stores a maximum of 25 entries, with the oldest items disappearing when new ones appear. Additionally, 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 on 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 get there.

In Windows Settings, click “System.”


In the Settings sidebar, click “Clipboard.” In the Clipboard settings, look for the section called “Clipboard history” and switch to “Active.”


Clipboard history is now turned on. You can now close Settings and use features in any application.

How to See the History of Clipboard on Windows 10

After you enable the Clipboard history, you can call up the list of items that you just copied while 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 newest items that you copy will be at the top of the list.


When the Clipboard history window opens, you can click on any item in the list to paste it into an open application or document.


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


You can also pin items to the Clipboard history list by clicking on the small pushpin icon next to the item. That way, the item will remain in the Clipboard history list even if you reboot the computer or click “Clean All.”


How to Disable Clipboard History in Windows 10

To turn off the Clipboard history in Windows 10, navigate to Settings> System> Clipboard. Find the option titled “Clipboard history” and switch the switch to “Off.”


After deactivating, if you press Windows + V, you will see a small window informing you that Windows 10 cannot display your clipboard history because this feature is turned off.

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