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Windows 10 remembers your copy and paste history (even if you don't) – View Geek

  Windows 10 Clipboard History Tool

Last weekend I wrote a review for the OnePlus 8 smartphone, which you can read here. It's about 2100 words, 1500 of which disappeared temporarily when I copied them from Google Docs (where I do all my writing) to WordPress. I didn't immediately notice the missing part of my review, and Google Docs failed to save about three hours of editing.

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And I had already copied a small piece of text for another part of the review.

Well, nonsense. [1

9659005] I went through the history of Documents and the WordPress window, in case a few hours of my life hid behind a stray tab. No dice. It seemed like I had blown up all afternoon. But then I remembered: Windows 10 can remember your clipboard history from about a year and a half ago!

I quickly searched our sister site, How-To Geek, and found the guide. As it turns out, opening a history of your copied text and images is super easy, hardly an inconvenience: hit Win + V on your keyboard. Any text or image under 4 MB is saved in history, back to the point where you restarted your computer. Just click on the item to paste it again.

This is a wonderful little tool Microsoft has built into Windows 10, no extra apps needed. You must use the October 2018 or later operating system version to access the tool. Be sure to check out the full How-To Geek guide if you want to see how you can clear your clipboard history or even sync it across multiple machines.

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