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    Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10

    Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10

    How to Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10
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    01 May 2020
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    How to Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10


    Copy paste – it’s 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 you’ll 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.

    This tutorial will show you different ways to clear data from your clipboard history in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: To Clear All Clipboard History Data Including Pinned Items from Settings
    • Option Two: To Clear All Clipboard History Data Excluding Pinned Items from Settings
    • Option Three: To Clear Specific Items in Clipboard History from Win+V
    • Option Four: To Clear All Clipboard History Data Excluding Pinned Items from Win+V
    • Option Five: To Clear Clipboard without Affecting Clipboard History Data with Command



    EXAMPLE: Clipboard history
    Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10-clipboard_empty.jpg Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10-pinned_item_in_clipboard.jpg Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10-unpinned_item_in_clipboard.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    To Clear All Clipboard History Data Including Pinned Items from Settings


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

    2 Click/tap on Clipboard on the left side, and turn off Save multiple items on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    You can turn on Save multiple items again afterwards if you like.


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

    Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10-turn_off_clipboard_history.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    To Clear All Clipboard History Data Excluding Pinned Items from Settings


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

    2 Click/tap on Clipboard on the left side, and click/tap on the Clear button under Clear clipboard data on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    If Save multiple items is turned off, the Clear button will be grayed out.

    If Save multiple items is turned on and the Clear button is grayed out, then it means you do not have anything in clipboard history that can be cleared.


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

    Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10-clear_clipboard_data.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    To Clear Specific Items in Clipboard History from Win+V


    1 Press the Win + V keys to open the clipboard. (see screenshot below)

    2 Perform either action below to delete any specific items (pinned or unpinned) you want from your clipboard history:

    • Click/tap on the X at the top right corner of an item you want to delete.
    • Press the up arrow and down arrow keys to select an item you want to delete, and press the Delete key.

    Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10-manually_delete_items_in_clipboard.jpg






    OPTION FOUR

    To Clear All Clipboard History Data Excluding Pinned Items from Win+V


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


    1 Press the Win + V keys to open the clipboard. (see screenshot below)

    2 Click/tap on Clear all button at the top right corner.

    Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10-win-v-clear_all_clipboard_history.jpg






    OPTION FIVE

    To Clear Clipboard without Affecting Clipboard History Data with Command


    This option can be used in all Windows. This will not clear your clipboard history data. It will only clear what is currently in the clipboard to paste.


    1 Open a command prompt.

    2 Copy and paste the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    cmd /c "echo off | clip"

    If you like, you can also create a Clear Clipboard shortcut to make doing this easier on demand.


    3 You can now close the command prompt if you like.

    Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10-clear_clipboard_command.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. rboppy's Avatar
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       #1

    Thanks Shawn, now I'd to make a shortcut to clear clipboard history, anyway to do that?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    rboppy said:
    Thanks Shawn, now I'd to make a shortcut to clear clipboard history, anyway to do that?
    You're most welcome.

    The tutorial below should do the trick.

    Create Clear Clipboard shortcut in Windows
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  3. rboppy's Avatar
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       #3

    I've created that shortcut but it only clears the clipboard, not the history.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #4

    rboppy said:
    I've created that shortcut but it only clears the clipboard, not the history.
    Well, I suppose you could create a shortcut using the target location below to directly open the Clipboard page in Settings to at least make it quicker to clear.

    explorer ms-settings:clipboard
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  5. rboppy's Avatar
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       #5

    Exactly what I was looking for, thanks!
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #6

    rboppy said:
    Exactly what I was looking for, thanks!
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  7. Posts : 1
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       #7

    Greetings,
    Would you be so kind and help me with the following?

    I've find it inefficient to always use the Win+V shortcut to open up the clipboard history.
    I tried to do something with making a .cmd file which would simulate these key presses, but i'm kind of lost.

    SendKeys.Send("lwin+v")

    Thats what i come up with, but i'm open to any ideas! I just wish to make an icon i could click to to bring up the clipboard history.

    Thanks for any help, and thanks for this great site, literally the best information about Windows all around the internet!

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    Brink said:
    Hello @ITcuriousLaura,

    If you like, here's a Clear Clipboard shortcut below if it may help for now.

    Create Clear Clipboard shortcut in Windows
    Thank you, but I wish to make a shortcut to simulate these keypresses : "windowskey + V" (To bring up the Clipboard history), not to clear the history of it.
    (I've probably sent this to the wrong tutorial, hence the confusion, sorry for this, i have not really found a better thread.)

    Is simulating keypresses can be done with a .cmd shortcut? Or do i need to get some programs for it, like AutoHotkey?
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