How To Use The Clipboard In Windows 10

The 'modern' clipboard offers a synced history of copied items

In the October 2018 Update, a new clipboard feature joined the Windows 10 operating system. It's significantly more advanced than the previous clipboard experience, which was limited to pasting only the most-recently copied text or image. Now, you can view a variety of text and images which have been copied to your clipboard and choose which content you want to paste.

In addition to a greater number of items to paste, what really sets this clipboard feature apart is its ability to sync to other Windows 10 computers and tablets that use the same Microsoft account login. This means that you can copy images and text from one Windows 10 device and paste it onto another.

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How To Copy Content To The Windows 10 Clipboard

Basic copying of content to the clipboard on Windows 10 works in exactly the same way as in the past and can be done using either of the two following methods. The process is similar to copying and pasting on a Mac.

  • Highlight your chosen text or image within an app and press Ctrl+C.
  • Right-click text or images and select Copy from the pop-up menu.

How To Paste From The Clipboard On Windows 10

To paste the most recently copied content from the clipboard into an app, use the two standard paste methods:

  • Press Ctrl+V.
  • Right-click where you want to paste the content and select Paste from the pop-up menu.

By using the modern Windows 10 clipboard functionality, though, you can choose from several previously copied entries from your clipboard history.

Only images smaller than 4MB save to the Windows 10 clipboard.

Begin by viewing your clipboard history by pressing Win+V.

Windows 10 clipboard history.

Once opened, scroll up or down to find the pertinent text or image and select it to paste it into your open app.

How To Clear Clipboard Windows 10 Data

Deleting text and images from your Windows 10 clipboard can be done in three different ways.

Windows 10 clipboard with cleared content.
  • Open your clipboard by pressing Win+V and then select the X in the top-left of each item you want to delete.
  • Open your clipboard by pressing Win+V and then select Clear all. This will delete every single item within your Windows 10 clipboard with the exception of items that you've pinned.
  • Open Settings > System > Clipboard and select Clear. This will also delete everything within your Windows 10 clipboard except for your pinned items.

Pinning Windows 10 Clipboard Text

While clearing all of your clipboard content can be useful, there may be some content that you don't want to delete. Manually select specific items and protect them from deletion by pinning them.

Pinned content within the Windows 10 clipboard feature.

To pin clipboard content, press Win+V to open your clipboard and then select the small pin icon to the right of whichever text and images you want to preserve. If done correctly, the horizontal pin icon should tilt to a 45 degree angle.

To unpin clipboard text or images, click on the pin icon again.

Once pinned, your selected content will be protected every time you clear your clipboard in the future.