How to Enable Clipboard in Windows 11, and Clear or Pin Items in Clipboard

Windows 11 clipboard history feature is handy and saves time. It stores copied data to your clipboard that you can use later on your Windows 11 PC. You can sync Windows 11 clipboard across Windows devices and remove individual or all the items from the Clipboard history.

Earlier, Windows was capable to store only one thing in the buffer and as you copied the second item the first one was replaced with it. If you need the first one again, you have to copy it again. Turning on Windows 11 Clipboard history feature creates a history of copied items. You can quickly open up the Clipboard history to access the previously copied item anytime anywhere.

Enable Clipboard in Windows 11

  1. Right-click on the Start button and Select Settings, alternatively, you can press Windows+I from the keyboard to open the Settings.
  2. Select System from the left panel and then scroll down a bit and click the Clipboard option on the right side of the Window.
  3. To enable the Windows 11 Clipboard history, turn on the switch for the Clipboard history option.
  4. Now, you have successfully enabled the clipboard and you can press the keyboard shortcut Windows+V to view the clipboard history.

Open Clipboard Quickly

To paste the previously copied item somewhere else you can quickly open up the Clipboard using a keyboard shortcut.

  1. Press Windows+V from the keyboard and this will show you the clipboard history in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. Now place the cursor where you want to paste something from the clipboard history and then click the item from the clipboard history list.

Removing or Pinning Items in Clipboard History

Remember, clipboard history will save anything you copied. That might be some sensitive information or something you want to copy frequently. You can delete sensitive data or even pin frequently used items in the Clipboard history.

Remove an item from Clipboard history

  1. Click the Dotted icon on the right side of any item in the clipboard history.
  2. Click the Delete icon to remove the item from the clipboard.
  3. Now, you have successfully deleted items from Windows 11 clipboard history.

Clear all the Clipboard history

  1. To delete all the items from the clipboard history you can simply press the Windows+V to open up the clipboard window. Simply hit the Clear all button to remove all the items at once.

Clear Clipboard history is through the Settings app

  1. Press the Windows button from the keyboard and then select the Settings option.
  2. Select System and then click Clipboard on the right side of the window.
  3. Here, hit the Clear button to clear the clipboard data. Remember, pinned items won’t be removed on this device.

Pin Items in the Clipboard history

  1. Press the Windows+V keyboard shortcut to view the clipboard history window. Hit the Pin icon on the right-side or clipboard item that you want to be pinned in this list.
NOTE: Pinned items will always be there in the clipboard history.

Syncing Clipboard Data Across Devices

You can copy something from one computer and access it on another one. To do that you need to enable the clipboard syncing option.

  1. Press the Windows+I keyboard shortcut or click the Start button and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings window, click the System > Clipboard option as shown below.y
  3. Now, Turn on the switch for “Sync across your devices” option.
    Next, either you can sync the copied text automatically or manually if you don’t want to sync everything you copied across devices. By default, it’s set to sync automatically but you can change it.

Sync Clipboard Data Manually

  1. After turning on Sync across your devices option, select manually sync text that I copy option.

How to Disable Clipboard History in Windows 11

  1. Press Windows+I to open Windows Settings.
    Go to System > Clipboard and turn off the switch of Clipboard history.
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