For those who don’t know, Windows 11/10 editions by default come with a Clipboard history feature which allows you to save history of multiple instances of Copy (CTRL+C) and paste (CTRL+V) command at any time.

This little known feature has been around for long time and it’s really useful if you are editing large documents, pasting login credentials (username & passwords). Moreover, you can Sync your clipboard data between multiple devices if you have a Microsoft account.


How to Enable Clipboard History in Windows 10

The Clipboard history in Microsoft Windows 11/10 saves last 25 items, if you exceed this limit, the oldest item gets removed.

Video Tutorial


Enable Clipboard History and Save Items In It

  • Press Windows Key + V shortcut to open clipboard window. Click blue “Turn on” button to enable Clipboard history.
  • Copy your desired text using CTRL+C, or just select the text; Right-click and Copy. You can also use CTRL+X (Cut command), both copy and cut will populate item(s) in clipboard history for later use. You can press CTRL+C for up to 25 item(s), each instance will be saved in Clipboard. It works on photos and images as well.

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Retrieving Clipboard Items and Managing Them

  • The clipboard items can be viewed by pressing Windows Key + V shortcut.
  • Go to any text-box or input field, then Press WinKey+V combination, a small window will appear containing the history of texts/images you have copied recently.
  • To paste, select any items from the clipboard list using left-click. It will be pasted instantly on the text box.

Windows Clipboard history

Clearing Clipboard History, Pinning Items and Sync

  • Clipboard history gets removed each time you restart your PC, except for pinned items.
  • You can manually clear all items by using the … menu and clicking “Clear all“. You can also pin your favorite text on same dropdown menu.
  • Your clipboard history gets Sync (replicated) on other devices if you have logged in to other PC using your Microsoft Account.

Deleting and pinning items in Windows clipboard

Note: Clipboard Settings can also be accessed from Windows Settings > System > Clipboard (toggle ON or OFF)

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