How to Use Clipboard History in Windows

Windows Clipboard History is a useful tool for going back to something you copied and pasted not so long ago. Operating systems like Windows use the clipboard to help store text and images you’ve copied in the past, and clipboard history stores anything you’ve worked with recently. The clipboard can hold up to 25 of your most recent copies in its history, but the latest versions of Windows don’t specify very well how to enable and use clipboard history.

Here’s how to use Windows Clipboard History.

How to Use Clipboard History in Windows

Step 1: Using the search box on your Windows taskbar, search for “settings”. When the application appears in the results window, select it.

2nd step: Select System Continue.

Select System to continue.

Step 3: From the left menu, select Clipboard to display all clipboard settings.

Clipboard settings in Windows.

Step 4: Look for the option to enable clipboard history and enable it.

Step 5: Now whenever you work, you can press the key the Windows + V keys on your keyboard. This will bring up a side window that will show you the last copies you made, in chronological order. Find the copy you want and select it to paste that content into whatever you’re working on at the time.

Popup Clipboard History on Windows.

Step 6: When selecting copied content, you’ll see options to “pin” individual copied content (again, this will be a bit different depending on your version of Windows, but the menu is there both ways). Pinning a piece of copied content will save it to your long-term clipboard history. Then, even when you choose to empty your clipboard, the pinned content will remain, ready to be pasted when you need it.

This An important Windows shortcut is useful if there is a certain pattern or similar block of information that you end up pasting very frequently. Pin this content to always have access to it when you need it.

Additional clipboard history menu.

Step 7: The clipboard settings section also has a few other options you can consider to make your job easier. You will notice that there is also a To share Where To sychronize option you can use (depending on your Windows version). This lets you set up pasting from another device to the Windows computer you’re using. In other words, you can copy something to your Surface laptop, then switch to desktop and paste it into a project you’re working on. You just need to make sure that you are signed in to the same Microsoft account. Note that if you choose the Erase everything option, it will erase all content on either device.

If you want to save even more time working on Windows, you might be interested in our guide to Microsoft Word tricks that can make your projects much easier.

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