Quick and Easy Methods to Manage Windows Clipboard

Like any smartphone, the Windows clipboard is home for all the cut, copy, and paste tasks. Clipboards save a lot of typing time, and you can quickly move the contents around and tweak them accordingly. On the Clipboard, you can copy and cut countless images as well. If you try to copy and paste multiple images and texts at a time, then your device will slow down. To copy a piece of content, you can press CTRL + C keys, and press CTRL + V key to paste it. But it is limited to save or copy only one piece of content at a time, which means that when you copy some new text or image, the previous ones automatically get erased. After you shut down or restart your computer, the Clipboard automatically wiped itself clean.

If you want to manage the Clipboard for better performance, then try the methods mentioned below:

Save, View, and Clear Clipboard History

Before the mid of 2018, Windows didn’t have the feature to allow its users to make settings to the Clipboard. Microsoft introduced new features and settings for the Clipboard that enables users to turn on clipboard history and sync the history between all the Windows devices you’ve connected with your Microsoft account. To use these features, follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to the Settings of your PC and click on System.
  2. Select Clipboard and turn on the toggle forClipboard history and Sync across devices.
  3. After making these settings, press Windows + V keys to check the clipboard history whenever you want.

Please note that disabling either of these toggles won’t allow you to use the post-2018 features available on the Clipboard.

Now that you can check the clipboard history, you might as well delete some of the unwanted texts and images showing in the history section. To clear the contents one-by-one, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows + V key and click on the three-dotted menu beside the entry you want to remove.
  2. Hit the Delete option.

To remove the entire history at once, click on Clear Clipboard Data from the Clipboard menu. And, select Clear.

Other tricks to use

If you don’t want to change the settings, then try copying the Windows XP or Vista and downloading the files from the Windows Club. Then enter”clipbrd.exe” command in the Run dialog. It will show you a Clipboard with its contents. You can use this method only if you get access to Windows XP or Vista. If you’re using Windows XP or Vista on Windows 10, then move the ‘.exe’ file by going to the%windir%ystem32 in the Windows XP. Then highlight the EXE file and press CTRL + C keys together. Move the file to the same path in your Windows 10 installation.

To wipe all the data from the Clipboard, use either of the methods mentioned below:

  1. Shut down or restart your PC.
  2. Open a blank document and press the Print Screen (PrtSc) key.
  3. Highlight any plain text and press the CTRL + C key to remove any copied content from the Clipboard.

You can also create a shortcut dedicated to wiping the data from Clipboard. To use this advanced method, use these tips:

  1. Give a right-click on your desktop screen and select New.
  2. Click on Shortcut.
  3. In the shortcut box appearing on screen, insert the “cmd /c “echo off | clip” command. Click Next and add a name for the shortcut.
  4. Click on Finish to save the changes.

You can also choose to add a logo and a keyboard shortcut to the clipboard shortcut you created. To do this, give a right-click to the new shortcut and select Properties.

This is all you need to know about clipboard management. If you want to explore the potential of Windows clipboard, then try using some third-party apps. The best third-party clipboard managers are ClipboardFusion and Comfort Clipboard. Also, if you struggle with the formatting of the copied text that disrupts your original text in a file, then paste the copied text in the notepad first. And then take it to wherever you want to paste it.


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