How to Clear or Delete Clipboard History in Windows 10

If you are using Windows 10’s cloud clipboard or clipboard history feature, here’s how you can delete clipboard history in Windows 10.

Starting from Windows 10 October 2018 update, Microsoft added a new feature called Clipboard History. As you can tell from the name itself, this new feature keeps track of all the clipboard items so that you can reuse them as and when needed. Once the feature is enabled, you don’t have to worry about losing a clipboard item when copying others. The good thing is, along with keeping track, the new Clipboard can also sync clipboard items between devices. This means that you can copy something on one device and access it in another device. For this to happen, you should be logged into the same Microsoft account and the new Clipboard feature should be enabled on both machines.

Since Windows 10 keeps track of all the clipboard items, there might be times when you need to delete a clipboard item or clear full clipboard history. This is particularly useful when you want to delete sensitive information, like copied passwords.

Without further ado, let me show the steps to delete clipboard history in Windows 10.

Steps to Clear or Delete Clipboard History in Windows 10

You can clear a single clipboard item or delete the entire clipboard at once. I will show both methods. Follow the one you need.

Delete Full Clipboard History in Windows 10

  1. First, open the settings app. Press “Start key + I” to open it.
  2. Now, go to “System -> Clipboard” page.
  3. On the right page, scroll all the way to the bottom and click on the “Clear” button appearing under the “Clear clipboard data” section.

Clear clipboard from settings app

Windows 10 will immediately delete all the clipboard history except the pinned items from all your devices and cloud.

Delete Single Clipboard Item

1. To clear a single clipboard item from the Windows 10 clipboard history, first open clipboard by pressing the keyboard shortcut “Win + V“. You will see a list of all the clipboard items.

2. Click on the “Menu” icon (three horizontal dots) on top of the clipboard item.

3. Click the “Delete” option from the menu. As soon as you click on it, the item will be removed from the history.

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Wrapping Up Clipboard History

As you can see, you can either clear individual clipboard items or the entire clipboard at once. Do keep in mind that when you delete a clipboard item or the full clipboard history, it will remove that item(s) from all devices, if sync is enabled.

Clearing clipboard items form Windows 10 is quite a useful thing to know so that you can delete any sensitive things from the clipboard and keep it better organized. If you are looking for more advanced features than the ones provided by Windows 10, try Ditto from the Windows store. Ditto is a lightweight and highly configurable application to manage Windows 10 clipboard.

It is that simple to clear clipboard history in Windows 10. If you like this article, do check out how to enable Windows defender sandbox and how to turn on or off enhanced mode for search indexer in Windows 10.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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