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How To Use Clipboard History in Windows 11 (Complete Guide)


The clipboard is a temporary storage location for information including text and images that may be copied and pasted into any document. The clipboard stores 24 items. If twenty-fifth item is copied, the first item is automatically deleted. It is an easy to use utility and saves time for people who need to paste the same text or images over and over again.

You appear to want to increase your productivity and save time by not switching tabs by copying and pasting the same information, instead utilizing the built-In clipboard feature in Windows.

Let’s breakdown what we’re going to cover in this article:


1. Enable Clipboard History using Windows Settings

Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step 2: Select the System tab from the left sidebar and click the “Clipboard” option from the right pane.

select the clipboard button in system tab in windows settings
“Clipboard” Button

Step 3: To enable clipboard history, toggle on the “Clipboard History” option.

toggle on the clipboard button in windows settings
Toggle on the Clipboard

2. Enable Clipboard History using Keyboard Shortcut

Step 1: Press the “Windows Logo key + V” key combination on the keyboard to open clipboard.

Step 2: Click the “Turn on” button to enable the clipboard.

click the turn on button to enable clipboard in windows using keyboard shortcut
“Turn on” Button

3. Enable Clipboard History using Registry Editor

NOTE: You’ve to use this method only if you’re not viewing clipboard tab after pressing the “Windows logo key + V” key combination on the keyboard.

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for Registry Editor and hit the enter key.

registry editor icon in windows 11
Registry Editor Icon

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Clipboard, right-click, add new DWORD (32-bit) value named as EnableClipboardHistory.

create a new DWORD value in registry editor to enable or disable clipboard in windows
DWORD Value Named “EnableClipboardHistory”

Step 3: To enable clipboard history, double-click the newly created DWORD value and set its value data from 0 to 1.

set value data to enable or disable clipboard history in windows
Set Value Data

Step 4: Restart the computer to make changes take effect.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Note: To disable the clipboard history, set the value data to 2.

4. Enable Clipboard History using Local Group Policy

NOTE: You’ve to use this method only if you’re not viewing clipboard tab after pressing the “Windows logo key + V” key combination on the keyboard.

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for Edit Group Policy and hit the enter key.

local group policy app icon in windows 11
Group Policy App

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > OS Policies and double-click the Allow Clipboard History option.

"allow clipboard" policy in group policy in windows
“Allow Clipboard” Policy

Step 3: To enable clipboard history, check the “Enabled” option and click the “Apply” button.

click the enabled button to enable the clipboard history using group policy settings
Enable or Disable Clipboard History

Step 4: To save the changes without restarting the computer, open the Command Prompt from the Start menu and type the command: gpupdate/force.

update local group policy command after resetting group policy in windows 11
Update Local Group Policy Command

Note: To disable clipboard history, check the “Disabled” option and click the “Apply” button.


Step: Press the “Windows logo key + V” to access clipboard history in Windows. You may paste and save commonly used stuff from your clipboard history by clicking an individual item from the clipboard menu.

view clipboard history in windows
Clipboard History

NOTE: If the Clipboard History tab is not appearing, then, either follow the Method 3 or Method 4 above.

clipboard history missing in windows
Missing Clipboard History

Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

Step 2: Select the “System” tab from the left sidebar and click the “Clipboard” option from the right pane.

Step 3: Click the “Get Started” button in the Share across devices section.

Step 4: Sign-In and verify with your Microsoft Account.

Step 5: Toggle on the “Sync across your devices” button and select the any one of the following options:

  • Automatically sync text that I copy: Enabling this option will automatically sync the text that you copy.
  • Manually sync text that I copy: If this option is enabled, you’ve to manually select the copied text and sync it from the clipboard. To sync the copied text in the clipboard manually, press the “Windows Logo key + V” key combination on the keyboard, click the three-dots, and click the “Sync” icon.
sync clipboard history across devices in windows
Sync Clipboard History

1. Clear Clipboard History using Keyboard Shortcut

Step 1: Press the “Windows Logo key + V” key combination to open Clipboard History.

Step 2: Click the three-dots menu and click the “Clear” button icon.

remove individual item from clipboard history in windows
Remove Individual Item From Clipboard History

2. Clear Clipboard History using Windows Settings

Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

Step 2: Select the System tab from the left sidebar and click the “Clipboard” option from the right pane.

Step 3: Click the “Clear” button in “Clear Clipboard Data” section.

click the clear button to clear clipboard history in windows settings app
“Clear” Button

Note: To clear the items from clipboard manually, open the clipboard by pressing the “Windows Logo key + V” key combination, click the three-dot menu and click the “Delete” icon.


Limitation 1: When the automatic clipboard history sync is turned on, the emails, passwords and sensitive Information can also be synced to another device.

Limitation 2: Items including text, images, HTML exceeding more than 4 MB in size are not stored in clipboard.

Limitation 3: Clipboard cannot store more than 25 entries/items. If there are more objects stored, the first ones are automatically deleted.

Suggested Article: Microsoft Privacy Statement Regarding Data Safety while using Clipboard.


Next Steps

We’ve covered how to enable and use clipboard in Windows 11.

You may end up syncing emails, passwords and other sensitive information if you’re automatically syncing the text. So, it’s highly suggested to sync the text manually.

Further, customize your device’s settings by referring to the related articles below.


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