how to access the clipboard history?

Windows 10 and Windows 11 have an option to manage the clipboard. A very useful feature that allows users to access copy history, be it text or even images. In this article, we will see how to activate, but also access the clipboard history in Windows.

Windows 10 clipboard

Copying and pasting text, images and other files are things we do every day. Since Windows 10 update 1809, a feature has arrived in Microsoft’s system. It is possible to access clipboard history which contains all the instances of the last copies made. It is still available in Windows 11. So you can grab copies in case you need them again.

How to activate clipboard history in Windows 10/11?

The clipboard is an area of ​​computer memory where data is stored which is copied for pasting or moving to other locations. The Windows clipboard only allowed recalling the last instance of a copy. It was therefore not possible to paste a text that had been copied an hour ago if other copies were made later. From now on, the thing remains quite possible with copy history in Windows 10/11.

How to proceed in Windows 10?

  • Go to Settings> System.
  • In the left menu you should see at the bottom the option Clipboard. Click on it.
  • Toggle the switch that is at the section Clipboard history on Enabled.Windows 10 clipboard
  • As you can see in the image above, there is also an option to synchronize the clipboard on all your devices.

If the synchronization option (via the Cloud) is activated, you will be able to access your clipboard on other devices, which will allow for example to copy text on your work PC and paste it on your home PC afterwards, as long as both devices are connected to the Internet. Synchronization is also possible between your PC and your smartphone.

How to proceed in Windows 11?

  • Go to Settings> System.
  • Scroll down and click Clipboard.Windows 11 Clipboard
  • Then activate Clipboard history on the next page.

Open clipboard history

Finally, let’s come to the second step. How to access the clipboard history once the feature is enabled? Just press the key combination each time Windows + V. A small window opens on the screen and lists the last copies made since the computer was started.

Copy history

Select a copy instance. You can then paste it into a text editor or any other application. Better, if you have several Windows devices synchronized on your account, it will be possible to copy text on one device and paste it on another.

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