Enable Clipboard History App on Windows 10

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There is no need to install a clipboard history app from the Microsoft Store. Windows 10, as of x update, comes with one built in.

This new Windows 10 built-in Clipboard History app lets you store your clipboard history and recall it with a simple keyboard shortcut as well as share it across your devices.

Within this article I will show you how to quickly access and view your clipboard history on Windows 10.


Enable Clipboard History On Windows

Before you can view your clipboard history on Windows 10, you need to enable it. To do so, simply open your Settings app and go to the System group of settings. Select the Clipboard tab, and toggle on Clipboard history. Alternatively, you may press the Windows logo key plus V (Win+V) shortcut which will allow you to simply click a “Turn on” button to enable the Windows Clipboard history app.


How to use Windows Clipboard History

If you look closely at the Chipboard history panel, you will see that each item has 3 little horizontal dots on them. Clicking that will reveal a drop down menu where you can pin any copied item.

Pinning a copied item will exempt it from being cleared when you clear your clipboard history.

You can clear your clipboard history by clicking the Clear all option from any of the clipboard history items. You can also clear it from the Clipboard tab within the Windows Settings app.

Your clipboard history is limited to 25 copied entries. Older items, unless pinned, are removed automatically to make room for new clipboard items. I might be wrong, but I believe there is also a 4MB copied image size limit. As of this writing, there is no known way to increase those limits.


Clipboard Automatic Sync Feature

Windows can automatically transfer your clipboard history to all the computers that you are signed in to. Keep in mind that, for this to work with Clipboard History, all the PCs will need to have Windows 10 build 1809 or later.

If you activate this option, the default setting syncs everything you copy regardless of the file type. As the name implies, Automatic Sync works without any additional actions on your part. You also have the option not to sync automatically but to do so manually. You can sync individual files from the clipboard window through the drop-down menu.


Windows Clipboard History Security

Even though it is not recommended, most of us tend to copy and paste sensitive information like passwords and even banking information. With clipboard history enabled, those copied items would appear within the clipboard history list so you will need to take special care of what is in your history at all times.



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