How to Turn On or Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices 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.

If you turn on sync across devices for your clipboard, Microsoft receives your clipboard data to sync across your devices that you are signed in to with the same Microsoft account or Azure AD account. You can select to automatically sync text that I copy, or to never automatically sync text that I copy to be able to manually choose text from clipboard history (Win+V) to sync.

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.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off syncing plain text in the clipboard across devices for your account in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: To Turn On or Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices in Settings
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Sync across devices clipboard (Win+V) text
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OPTION ONE

To Turn On or Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices in Settings


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

2. Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 3. To Turn On Clipboard Sync Across Devices

A) Click/tap on Clipboard on the left side, and turn on Sync across devices on the right side. (see screenshot below)

If you are not already, you will need to first sign in with a Microsoft account or work account.

B) Select (dot) Automatically sync text that I copy or Never automatically sync text that I copy for what you want, and go to step 5.

You can click/tap on the Get an app to sync clipboard items to your phone link to be able to send a link to download and install the SwiftKey Keyboard app on your Android phone.

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 4. To Turn Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on Clipboard on the left side, turn off Sync across devices on the right side, and go to step 5. (see screenshot below)

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






OPTION TWO

To Turn On or Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices using a REG file



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

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Clipboard

EnableCloudClipboard DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On

CloudClipboardAutomaticUpload DWORD

0 = Never automatically sync
1 = Automatically sync



1. Do step 2 (on - auto sync), step 3 (on - never auto sync), or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On Clipboard Sync Across Devices and Automatically Sync

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Turn_ON_Clipboard_sync_across_devices_and_automatically_sync.reg

Download


 3. To Turn On Clipboard Sync Across Devices and Never Automatically Sync

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Turn_ON_Clipboard_sync_across_devices_and_never_automatically_sync.reg

Download


 4. To Turn Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Turn_OFF_Clipboard_sync_across_devices.reg

Download

5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

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


That's it,
Shawn