In Windows 10 and 11, you can enable clipboard history to keep track of all clipboard items and sync them between systems. Of course, to sync the clipboard between systems, you should be logged into Windows using the same Microsoft account with clipboard history enabled.
Though keeping track of and syncing the clipboard between systems is useful in many ways, there might be situations where you need to delete a specific clipboard item or clear the entire clipboard history. For example, you might want to delete sensitive information, like passwords, from the clipboard. In such cases, you can simply clear the clipboard history on Windows so that it won’t be compromised.
The good thing is, Windows makes it really easy to clear clipboard history. In this guide, let me show you how to delete a single item from the clipboard history and how to clear the entire clipboard history on Windows.
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How to open clipboard history
Press the “Windows key + V” keyboard shortcut to open the clipboard history. Once opened, you will see all the clipboard items in a list view in the clipboard history menu. To paste a clipboard item, double-click on it.
How to clear clipboard history on Windows 10/11
You can delete a single clipboard item or clear the entire clipboard history at once. I will show both methods. Follow the one you need.
Delete a single entry from the clipboard history
- Press “Windows key + V” to open Clipboard history.
- Click the “See more” icon in the top right corner.
- Click the “Delete” icon.
- The clipboard item is deleted immediately.
Steps with more details:
The first thing you should do is open the clipboard history menu. To do that, press the “Windows key + V” keyboard shortcut. Alternatively, press the “Windows key + Period” (.) keyboard shortcut to open the emoji panel and then navigate to the clipboard history panel.
After opening the clipboard history panel, click on the “See more” icon (…) in the top right corner of the clipboard item.
Next, click the “Delete” option from the menu. As soon as you click on it, the item will be removed from the clipboard history.
Clear the clipboard history on Windows
- Press “Windows key + V” to open the clipboard history.
- Click the “Clear” button at the top.
- With that, the clipboard history is fully cleared.
Steps with more details:
The first thing you should do is open the Settings app. For that, press the “Windows key + I” keyboard shortcut.
Once the settings app opens, click “System” on the sidebar, scroll down the page on the right side, and click on “Clipboard.” This action will take you to the Clipboard settings page on Windows 10 and 11.
Here, click the “Clear” button next to “Clear clipboard data.”
Alternatively, press the “Windows key + V” shortcut, and click the “Clear” button at the top-right corner of the menu to clear the entire clipboard history.
As soon as you do that, Windows clears the clipboard history.
Clearing clipboard on Windows — Conclusion
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 history on Windows is quite a useful thing to know so that you can delete sensitive information from the clipboard and keep it better organized. If you are looking for more advanced features than the ones provided by Windows, try Ditto from the Microsoft store. Ditto is a lightweight, open-source, free, and highly configurable application to manage Windows clipboard.
It’s that simple to clear clipboard history on Windows.
I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.
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