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How to use the clipboard manager in Windows 11

You can even set up clipboard syncing to share information across multiple devices.

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Copying and pasting are fundamental parts of Windows and pretty much every other OS out there.

Even so, Microsoft didn’t give these features much attention until the release of Windows 10 when it decided to include a clipboard history.

Clipboard history allows you to view a list of previously copied items and pin, delete, or completely clear entries from the record.

The tool is intuitive and super-useful for anyone constantly copying, pasting, cutting, or screenshotting, especially when you accidentally override an important piece of copied information.

Let’s discuss how to enable and view your clipboard history in Windows 11.

How to enable clipboard history in Windows 11

You can enable clipboard history in Windows 11 in just a couple of steps, we’ll walk you through the process below:

  1. Launch the Settings app Windows 11 start menu

  2. Go to System > Clipboard Clipboard settings

  3. Toggle Clipboard history on Windows clipboard history how-to

READ MORE: How to copy multiple items to the clipboard on Windows and Mac

From here, you can also set up clipboard syncing to share information across multiple devices.

To enable the feature, you’ll either need to toggle the setting on or click Get Started in the Share across devices panel and follow the prompts.

How to view clipboard history in Windows 11

Windows clipboard history
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The Windows clipboard is a small part of a larger tool that also includes GIFS, emojis, kaomojis, and other symbols.

To access your clipboard history directly, you can press Windows key + V.

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In this case, you can use Windows key + . (period) or Windows key + ; (semicolon) to bring up the emoji manager. From here, you can click the Clipboard history icon to switch to that panel.

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The clipboard allows you to click items to paste them into the current space. On top of that, you can pin entries and Clear all for a fresh start or to destroy any evidence.

Pinned entries will remain on the clipboard even after clearing. You can also delete individual items by clicking the More options (…) button and selecting the Trash icon.

Clipboard history is the feature we’ve always needed

The dark ages in which your Windows clipboard history remained hidden have long passed, and Microsoft makes the fundamental acts of copying and pasting events worth recording.

With a simple key combination, you can view a list of previously copied items and do with that what you will.

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Most operating systems include the ability to copy and paste, but in some cases, your clipboard history still remains a mystery. Perhaps the dark ages aren’t entirely behind us after all.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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