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How to Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10

Copy paste its something we all do, probably multiple times a day. But what do you do if you need to copy the same few things again and again? How do you copy content across your devices? Starting with Windows 10 build 17666, Microsoft is addressing that and taking the clipboard to the next level simply press Win+V and youll be presented with a brand-new clipboard experience.

Not only can you can paste from the clipboard history, but you can also pin the items you find yourself using all the time. This history is roamed using the same technology which powers Timeline and Sets, which means you can access your clipboard across any PC with this build of Windows or higher.

Roamed text on the clipboard is only supported for clipboard content less than 100 kb. Currently, the clipboard history supports plain text, HTML and image less than 1 MB.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off clipboard history for your account to save multiple clipboard items to use later in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: To Turn On Clipboard History from Win+V
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Settings
  • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Clipboard History using a REG file


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Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Settings


This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17704.

1. Press the Win+V keys to open clipboard history.

2. If clipboard history is currently turned off, click/tap on Turn on. (see screenshot below)

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Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Settings


Turning off clipboard history using this option will clear all clipboard data including pinned items.

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2. Click/tap on Clipboard on the left side, and turn on or off (default) Save multiple items for what you want on the right side. (see screenshot below)

3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Clipboard History using a REG file


Turning off clipboard history using this option will not clear clipboard data or pinned items.

The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Clipboard

EnableClipboardHistory DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On Clipboard History

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_Clipboard_History.reg

download


 3. To Turn Off Clipboard History

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_Clipboard_History.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


That's it,
Shawn