How to Enable and Use Clipboard History on Windows 10

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2024 by

The clipboard is a handy tool that allows you to copy and paste text, images, and other types of data between different applications. However, the default clipboard on Windows 10 only allows you to store one item at a time. This can be frustrating if you need to copy multiple items and paste them later. Luckily, Windows 10 has a feature called Clipboard History that allows you to store multiple items and access them whenever you need. In this article, we will show you how to enable and use Clipboard History on Windows 10.

Enabling Clipboard History

Before you can use Clipboard History, you need to enable it on your Windows 10 computer. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I on your keyboard.
  2. Click on the “System” option.
  3. In the left sidebar, click on “Clipboard”.
  4. Toggle the switch under “Clipboard history” to “On”.

That’s it! Clipboard History is now enabled on your Windows 10 computer.

Using Clipboard History

Now that Clipboard History is enabled, you can start using it to store multiple items. Here’s how:

  1. Copy an item by selecting it and pressing Ctrl + C on your keyboard.
  2. To access Clipboard History, press Windows + V on your keyboard. This will open a small window that shows all the items you have copied.
  3. Click on the item you want to paste it into your current document or application.

You can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate through the items in Clipboard History.

Clearing Clipboard History

If you want to clear your Clipboard History, you can do so by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows + V to open Clipboard History.
  2. Click on the three dots in the top-right corner of the window.
  3. Select “Clear all” from the drop-down menu.

This will clear all the items in your Clipboard History.

Recovering Deleted Clipboard History

If you accidentally delete an item from your Clipboard History, you can still recover it. Here’s how:

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location: C:\Users%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Clipboard
  2. In this folder, you will find all the items that you have copied using Clipboard History.
  3. Select the item you want to recover and press Ctrl + C on your keyboard.
  4. Open the document or application where you want to paste the item and press Ctrl + V.


Clipboard History is a useful feature that can save you time and effort when working on your Windows 10 computer. By enabling and using this feature, you can easily access multiple items that you have copied and paste them whenever you need. We hope this article helped you learn how to enable and use Clipboard History on Windows 10. If you have any questions or suggestions, let us know in the comments below.

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