Using Windows 10’s New Clipboard: History and Cloud Sync

Windows 10’s Redstone 5 update, currently available in Insider Preview form, has a new Clipboard experience. You can now access a history of items you’ve copied to your clipboard, pin frequently used items, and sync your clipboard across your PCs.

How to Enable the New Clipboard Features

To enable these new clipboard features, head to Settings > System > Clipboard. If you don’t see the “Clipboard” option on your system, it’s because you’re not using the unstable Redstone 5 Insider Preview builds.

These new features are off by default. To enable the clipboard history, turn “Save Multiple Items” to “On.”

To sync your clipboard data across all your Windows 10 devices—or rather, all your Windows 10 devices running Redstone 5 or newer—set “Sync Across Devices” to “On.”

You can also choose an Automatic Syncing preference. When you enable this feature, the default option is to “Automatically sync text that I copy.” Windows 10 will automatically synchronize everything you copy to the clipboard.

To prevent Windows from syncing potentially sensitive data like passwords, select “Never automatically sync text that I copy” instead. You can then choose to manually sync text between your devices whenever you like.

How to Access the Clipboard History

To open the new Clipboard tool, press Windows+V in any application. A Clipboard panel will appear.

This panel shows a history of items you’ve copied to your clipboard, with the most recently item at the top. Select something on your clipboard by clicking it to paste it in the current application.

You can “pin” items to your clipboard by hovering over the pin icon on the right of the item and clicking it. Windows will keep that item…

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