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    Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    29 Jun 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    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.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18234, the image size limit has been increased from 1MB to 4MB to accommodate the potential size of full screen screenshots taken on a high-DPI devices.

    See also: Get help with clipboard | Windows Support

    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



    EXAMPLE: Clipboard history
    Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10-clipboard_history_off.jpg Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10-clipboard_history_empty.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    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)

    Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10-win-v_turn_on_clipboard_history.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    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) Clipboard history for what you want on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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

    Turn On or Off Clipboard History in Windows 10-clipboard_history_settings.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    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



  1. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 10,638
    Windows 10 Pro X64 2004 19041.331
       #1

    How big is the clipboard history, how much will it hold? Can the space be increased?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,753
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
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       #2

    Hello Rich,

    The Clipboard has a 4MB image size limit. I'm not aware of any way to increase this.
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  3. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 10,638
    Windows 10 Pro X64 2004 19041.331
       #3

    I got that, I meant total space, like how many images and other copy to clipboard actions can it hold?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,753
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
    Thread Starter
       #4

    I haven't seen anything documented by Microsoft about a history limit.
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  5. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 10,638
    Windows 10 Pro X64 2004 19041.331
       #5

    Mine seems to be 25 entries.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,753
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
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       #6

    Ztruker said:
    Mine seems to be 25 entries.
    It'll be interesting to hear what others are seeing.
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  7. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 10,638
    Windows 10 Pro X64 2004 19041.331
       #7

    Wonder if there is a registry key that controls the number?
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,753
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
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       #8

    Ztruker said:
    Wonder if there is a registry key that controls the number?
    I haven't seen anything yet for that.
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  9. NMI's Avatar
    NMI
    Posts : 486
    Windows 10 Pro, Version 20H2
       #9

    Confirmed by Microsoft:

    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

    Get help with clipboard - My clipboard items are disappearing from my clipboard history
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