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Using clipboard

When you copy something on your PC, it’s automatically copied to your clipboard for you to paste. Now with the October 2018 Windows update, not only can you can paste multiple items from your clipboard history, but you can also pin the items you tend to use all the time and sync your clipboard history to the cloud.

Here are some answers to questions you might have about your clipboard.

To turn your clipboard on for the first time, select Windows logo key + V, and then select Turn on.

To turn on the sync feature, select Start  > Settings > System  > Clipboard . Choose On under Sync across devices.

To clear everything—except pinned items—on your device and the cloud, select Start  >Settings  > System> Clipboard > Clear clipboard data > Clear.

You can also clear your device clipboard history by selecting Windows logo key  + V  and then selecting the Clear all option at the top.

To clear an item on your clipboard, open your clipboard by selecting Windows logo key  + V, and then next to the item in question, select Delete.

You can't sync your clipboard history to your phone yet, but that feature is coming soon.

Troubleshooting clipboard

Make sure you’ve turned on clipboard history. To turn your clipboard on for the first time, select Windows logo key  + V and select Turn on.

Clipboard history gets cleared each time you restart your PC, except for those items you’ve pinned.

To sync your copied items automatically to your other devices select Start  > Settings > System  > Clipboard . Choose Automatically sync text that I copy.

  • Selecting Never automatically sync text that I copy will require you to open your clipboard history (Windows logo key  + V) and manually select the sync button on the clipboard item. Once the sync button is selected, the text is uploaded to the cloud and synced to other devices.

The sync feature is tied to your Microsoft account, or your work account, so remember to use the same login information on all your devices. 

Syncing your clipboard items across your Windows 10 devices requires you to be running the latest Windows 10 update. For more information on updating, see Windows Update: FAQ.

Your size limitations are 4 MB per item. Text, HTML, and Bitmap are supported.

Your clipboard history is limited to 25 copied entries. Older items—unless they're pinned—are removed automatically to make room for new clipboard items.

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