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How to clear your clipboard history on Windows 10



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If you have enabled Clipboard History in Windows 10, the feature keeps a record of items that you recently copied to the Clipboard while copying and pasting. Here's how to clear or disable your clipboard history.

What is stored in the clipboard history?

The clipboard history, first introduced in the October 1

0 update of Windows 10, contains a list of the 25 most recent items that you have copied to the Clipboard. These items can contain text, HTML and images smaller than 4 MB. Unless an item is pinned to the clipboard, the clipboard history list is cleared every time you restart your device.

Clear Clipboard History in Windows 10

Unlike other potentially privacy-invasive features in Windows 10, the Clipboard History feature only works if enabled from Settings> System> Clipboard.

RELATED: Understanding Windows 10 Privacy Settings

If checked, if you press Windows + V you will see a small pop-up window containing a list of the most recent items you have copied.

  The Clipboard History Window in Windows 10

To delete individual items from the Clipboard History, call up the list using Windows + V and then click the small "X" next to an item in the list.

  Click the X to delete items from your clipboard history

To delete the entire contents of the clipboard history list, click "Clear All" in the top right corner of the clipboard history window.

  Click Cle all to delete items from your clipboard history.

If any items remain on the list after you click "Clear All", they are likely to be pinned in place. Click the small pushpin icon next to the remaining items in the list and click "Clear All" again.

Note that with clipboard history enabled, new items keep appearing in the clipboard history list every time you copy something to the clipboard. To prevent Windows from saving your clipboard history, you need to disable the feature in Windows settings.

Another way to clear all clipboard data

You can also clear your clipboard data in Windows settings. Navigate to Settings> System> Clipboard and find the section "Clear clipboard data". Click the "Clear" button and the clipboard will be cleared.

 Click Clear to clear clipboard data in Windows 10

This is equivalent to pressing the "Clear All" button on the clipboard. history window, but it also works when clipboard history is turned off.

Disable clipboard history in Windows 10

First click the "Start" button, then click the gear icon on the left side of the Start menu to open the "Windows Settings" menu. You can also press Windows + i to get there.

Click "System" in Windows settings.

 Click System in Settings on Windows 10

On the Settings sidebar, click & # 39; Clipboard. & # 39; In Clipboard Settings, find the section called "Clipboard History" and toggle the switch to "Off".

 Click the Clipboard History Switch in Windows 10 System Settings to disable it

Once disabled, when you press Windows + V you will see a small window warning you that Windows 10 is not your clipboard history because the function is disabled.

 Can't display clipboard history message in Windows 10

Now you are free to copy and paste again in privacy.


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