How to Turn On and Use Clipboard History on Windows 11?

Windows includes basic functions like Copy (Ctrl+ C) and Paste (Ctrl+ V) that we usually daily perform on our PC. It does not matter if you are browsing on the web or coding or anything else, copy and paste functions are required every day.

On a Windows 11 PC, to copy a file, you’ll have to right-click on the file and select the copy icon and, to paste it somewhere else, again, right-click and click on the paste icon. When you copy something else on your PC, Windows will forget the previously copied item. But Windows 11 takes the copy and paste function to a higher level. The latest operating system includes a Clipboard History function. However, Microsoft has put it disabled by default. That means to use it, you’ll need to enable this feature first on your computer.

When you turn on the Clipboard History feature, Windows 11 will remember copied pictures, texts, scripts, links, documents, and videos under 4 MB size. However, the number of entries stored by Windows 11 is only 25. Once it crosses the limit of number 25, the very last copied item will be removed automatically from the Clipboard. That means the oldest things disappear from the clipboard history as new ones appear. Furthermore, unless an item is pinned to the Clipboard, the Clipboard history list will reset every time you restart your computer or laptop.

In this growupwindows article, we will guide you on turning on or enabling the Clipboard history as well as how to use it.

How to Turn On Clipboard History in Windows 11?

To enable or turn on the Clipboard History in Windows 11 PC, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Settings app.

To open the Settings app, simultaneously press Windows + I keys from the keyboard.

 

Step 2. Then, select the System category in the Settings window.

Step 3. Click the Clipboard option on the System’s right side.

Step 4. On the Clipboard settings page, turn on the toggle switch to On position beside the Clipboard history option.

Step 5. Clipboard history is now allowed on your Windows 11 PC. You can now close the Settings app and use this feature in any application.

How to View Clipboard History in Windows 11?

After enabling the Clipboard history function on your Windows 11 PC, you can bring up a list of items you have copied recently by pressing Windows + V hotkey. A small window will open up with the most recent copied items at the top of the list.

 

To paste the item from the Clipboard History, open the application where you want to paste the text or URL whatever you have copied and then bring up Clipboard History by hitting Windows + V keyboard shortcut. Click on any item from the Clipboard to paste them immediately in the opened application.

How to Remove items from Clipboard History in Windows 11?

To erase or remove items from the Clipboard History, do the following:-

Step 2. In the Settings window that appears, select the System category from the left side pane.

Step 3. Then scroll down to see the Clipboard tab and click on it.

Step 4. Now, click the Clear button beside Clear clipboard data option to erase or delete all Clipboard History items. It will silently remove all the clipboard history.

If you don’t want to go through the Settings app to erase Clipboard history. Just, launch the Clipboard window by pressing Windows + V shortcut keys. If you’d like to remove all the items at once from Clipboard history, click the Clear all button.

 

To remove the selected item from the clipboard, click on three dots beside any item you’d like to delete and choose Delete icon.

 

To keep any item permanently in the Clipboard history, click the Pin item icon in the three-dots menu to pin the selected item. Even if you reboot your PC or use the Clear all option, pinned items will always remain in the Clipboard history. You can delete the pinned item later by selecting the Delete icon from the three-dots menu.

 

How to Disable Clipboard History in Windows 11?

To disable or turn off the Clipboard History in Windows 11 PC, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Open the Settings app.

Step 2. After that, select the System option.

Step 3. On the right-hand side of the System, select the Clipboard option.

Step 4. Next, turn the toggle switch to the Off position beside the Clipboard history option.

Quick Note: If the Clipboard history feature is turned off and you want to turn it on quickly, you can use the hotkey Windows + V. Click on the Turn on  button to enable it immediately.

That’s all!!!

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