Windows 10 allowed you to copy and paste text and images conveniently throughout the system. However, we always had a complaint about Windows 10 not providing the clipboard manager where we can manage many texts and images together. The clipboard history in Windows 10 was first introduced in the October 2018 update (Version number 1809).

You can manage multiple images and texts up to 4 MB with this clipboard history feature; anything above 4 MB won’t be stored in the history. The only prerequisite to use the copied content feature is to have your Windows 10 version updated to version 1809 or above. You will know how to enable, use, and manage clipboard history in Windows 10 by going through this guide.

How to Enable Clipboard History in Windows 10?

The first thing you need to do to use clipboard history is to enable it from the Settings app. If the clipboard is not enabled, you won’t be able to manage multiple texts together. The only option of copy-paste that will work for you is Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V keyboard shortcuts.

To enable clipboard history, press Windows key + I to open the Settings app and go to the System settings.

Open System settings
Open System settings

Now, go to the Clipboard from the left frame of the Settings window. You then toggle the switch for Clipboard history towards the right to enable it in the Clipboard setting.

Enable Clipboard history
Enable Clipboard history

You now have clipboard history enabled on your PC.

How to Use Windows 10 Clipboard History?

It is very easy to use the clipboard feature of Windows 10. You don’t need any technical expertise to get the hang of it; people from non-technical backgrounds can also handle the clipboard history list.

You can view the clipboard history panel by pressing keyboard shortcut keys Windows key + V.

Clipboard history window screenshot
Clipboard history window screenshot

You can select the text you want to copy by clicking on it. There is also an option to pin the texts. The pinned texts are not cleared when you click on clear clipboard history.

How to Delete or Pin the Single Clipboard Data?

To delete or pin the text, you can click on the 3 dots next to copied item and select the option you want.

Delete/Pin the copied text  to Manage Clipboard History in Windows 10
Delete/Pin the copied text

You cannot undo the deleted data in Windows clipboard history, so make sure you do it carefully.

How to Clear Clipboard Data?

Do you want to clear all the clipboard items at once, without deleting them one by one?

Well, you can do it by following two ways.

The first option is to click on the 3 dots on the text message and click on the Clear all button.

Clear all data from clipboard history
Clear all data from clipboard history

Another option is to go to Settings ➜ System ➜ Clipboard. Then, click on the Clear button below the Clear clipboard data. This will delete multiple items from your clipboard history.

Clear clipboard data from Settings to Manage Clipboard History in Windows 10
Clear clipboard data from Settings

This will only clear the unpinned data from clipboard history. If you wish to remove the pinned clipboard item, you need to delete it using the way mentioned above for deleting individual items.

How to Sync Clipboard History across Devices?

Windows 10 allows you to sync the copied data across multiple devices. To start syncing the clipboard history, you need to login into your Microsoft account.

You can then go to Settings ➜ System ➜ Clipboard and turn on the switch below Sync across devices.

There is also an option for Automatic syncing, which shows up as soon as you turn on sync. You can select ‘Automatically sync text that I copy’ or ‘Never automatically sync text that I copy,’ as per your wish.

You can now copy  the text on your Windows 10 computer and use it on some other device where you have logged in using the same Microsoft account. Clipboard window synchronization is easy and helps you get your tasks done quickly across devices.

How to Disable Clipboard History in Windows 10?

You can disable the clipboard history if you no longer want to use it. It is done the same way to enable it.

Go to Settings ➜ System ➜ Clipboard and toggle the switch below Clipboard history towards the left to disable it.

Disable clipboard history  to Manage Clipboard History in Windows 10
Disable clipboard history

You can turn on the clipboard option again if required.


Windows 10 clipboard history is easy to use and makes working around copied text far more convenient compared to simple CTRL C – CTRL V Keyboard shortcut for copy-paste functionality. It is easy to manage the clipboard history. You can also rely on some other clipboard managers if you find Windows 10’S built-in clipboard history too simple for your use.

The above guide explains what clipboard history in Windows 10 offers and how you can use it. You will also know how to enable and disable it using the Settings app once you go through the complete guide. The added advantage of Windows 10 clipboard history is the syncing feature that allows you to sync your clipboard across all the Windows devices you use.