How to turn on or off Clipboard History Context Menu in Windows 10?

September 21, 2018 |

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The copy and paste feature is one of the most used commands in any Windows operating system. Microsoft has introduced a new Clipboard experience. This update allows users to access the history of the items they have copied to the clipboard; users can also pin items they use frequently. Also, you will be able to synchronize your clipboard between your computers. The clipboard makes copying and pasting much easier.

Enabling the new features in Clipboard

Use the following steps to enable the Clipboard on Windows 10:

  • Press the Windows logo key + I on the keyboard to open the Settings app.
  • Click on System from the available options.
  • Scroll down and select Clipboard from the left panel.
  • Turn on the option to save multiple items.
  • This will enable your clipboard.

If you want to synchronize your clipboard between all the Windows 10 devices which are running on Redstone 5 or later, then you also need to select Automatically sync text that I copy under the Automatic syncing option. If you do not want to sync your data due to your concern for privacy, then you should select the Never automatically sync text that I copy option.

How to find the Clipboard history?

To view your clipboard history, press the Windows logo key + V in any app you are using. This will cause the Clipboard panel to appear. The panel shows you all the items you have copied. The last copied item will be on top of the list. Once you open the clipboard, you can paste a copied item to any application.

Pinning items to the clipboard keep them for future use. The items you pin will not be discarded to make room for others. This option is used for items which you frequently copy and paste. To remove an item from the clipboard, you should click the X icon at the top right corner.

The clipboard history supports HTML, text, and images of up to 4 MB. Anything above 4 MB will not be saved in the clipboard.

How does Synchronization work?

When the clipboard sync option is turned on, Windows will synchronize all the items you copy in your clipboard between your computers running on Redstone 5. The technology used for the feature is similar to that of Timeline, which was introduced in Windows 10 version 1803. All the devices must be using the same Microsoft account for this feature work.

By activating the automatic sync option, anything you copy on one of your PCs will appear in the clipboard of another. There is no complicated process involved with using the clipboard. All you need to do is to press Ctrl + C to copy an item.

If you selected the Never automatically sync text that I copy option, then you will have to manually select the items you want to sync. To do this, press the Windows logo key + V, navigate to the item in your clipboard history, then click Sync to another device.

Microsoft has announced that the sync option will be introduced to other platforms like the iPhone, iPad, and Android. With this feature, you will be able to copy something from your PC and past it in any app on your phone. This feature to set to work with the Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard.

How to clear the Clipboard history?

To clear your Clipboard history, use the following steps:

  • Right-click on the Start or Home button and select Settings from the pop-up menu.
  • Click System from the list of options available.
  • Scroll down and select Clipboard. Now, click the Clear button under the Clear clipboard data option.
  • Note that this process will not clear the pinned items. You need to unpin them first before you can clear them.

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