In October, Windows 10 introduced a new clipboard experience.

This new clipboard feature tracks the text and images (up to 4MB) that you copy. You can also view content from the clipboard history and manage them using the clipboard interface.

In this guide, Acumen will show you how to use this new feature, step by step.

Enabling Clipboard using Settings

On Windows 10 version 1809, you can enable the new clipboard using the settings app and the new keyboard shortcut.

Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select System.
  3. Click on Clipboard.
  4. Turn on the Clipboard history toggle switch.
Clipboard History toggle switch

Enabling Clipboard using a Shortcut

You can also enable the clipboard feature by using this shortcut:

  1. Press the Windows key + V keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click the Turn on button.
Enabling Clipboard using a Shortcut

Disabling Clipboard on Windows 10

The clipboard history device is usually disabled by default, but you can check the status or disable the feature by:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select System.
  3. Click on Clipboard.
  4. Turn off the Clipboard history toggle switch.
Disabling Clipboard on Windows 10

How to Sync Clipboard history on Windows 10

You can paste text and images from your clipboard on other devices. But first, you must enable and configure this feature:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select System.
  3. Click on Clipboard.
  4. Under “Sync across devices,” turn on the toggle switch.
Sync Clipboard history
  • Then, select the automatic syncing option you want to use:
    1. Automatically sync text that I copy: Your clipboard history will sync to the cloud and across your devices.
    2. Never automatically sync text that I copy: You must manually open the clipboard history and select the content you want to make available across devices.

After completing the steps, your content history will sync to the cloud and across devices using the settings you specified.

How to Clear Clipboard history on Windows 10

You can also delete your clipboard history if you no longer want to use the content you’ve saved. You may also find this feature helpful if something isn’t working properly. You can try resetting the history to see if that resolves the issue.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Clipboard.
  4. Under “Clear clipboard data,” click the Clear button.
Clear Clipboard history

Once you’ve completed the steps, your clipboard content will be deleted from your device and Microsoft account, but pinned items will remain in the history until you remove them manually.

If you’re looking to delete one or two clips instead of your entire history, you can open the Windows key + V experience. Then, click the X button for each piece of content you want to delete. To delete all history, simply select the Clear all button.

How to use Clipboard on Windows 10

The new clipboard experience is similar to the previous version, which means that transitioning to the upgrade shouldn’t be complicated.

Once you upgrade, you can still use Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste.

However, a new feature is the Windows key + V shortcut that can be used to bring up new clipboard history.

From there, you’ll find a list of items, such as texts and images that you have copied previously from different applications. 

Applications include Word, Snip and Sketch, OneNote, etc.

Here’s how to copy and paste content from your history:

  1. Select the text or image from an application.
  2. Right click the selection, and click the Copy or Cut option.
  3. Open the document you want to paste the content in.
  4. Use the Windows key + V shortcut to open the clipboard history.
How to use Clipboard on Windows 10
  • Select the content you want to paste.

The new interface also allows you to pin items that you paste frequently for faster access:

  1. Use the Windows key + V shortcut to open the clipboard history.
  2. Click the Pin button for the content you paste frequently.
Pin button

Click the X button to delete the item when you are finished with the content.

Note:  You can only access your clipboard history on computers running Windows 10 version 180 or later, and you must be using the same Microsoft Account.