Clear Clipboard History in Windows 10

Recent builds of Windows 10 come with a new Clipboard History feature. It implements a cloud-powered clipboard, which allows syncing your clipboard contents and its history across devices you use with your Microsoft Account. It is possible to clear your Clipboard History in Windows 10 without using third-party tools.

The Cloud Clipboard feature is officially named Clipboard History. It is powered by Microsoft's cloud infrastructure and utilizes the same technologies that made it possible to have your preferences synchronized across your devices, and your files made available everywhere with OneDrive. The company describes it as follows.

Copy paste – it’s something we all do, probably multiple times a day. But what do you do if you need to copy the same few things again and again? How do you copy content across your devices? Today we’re addressing that and taking the clipboard to the next level – simply press WIN+V and you’ll be presented with our brand-new clipboard experience!

Cloud Clipboard History Flyout

Not only can you can paste from the clipboard history, but you can also pin the items you find yourself using all the time. This history is roamed using the same technology which powers Timeline and Sets, which means you can access your clipboard across any PC with this build of Windows or higher.

As of this writing, roamed text on the clipboard is only supported for clipboard content less than 100kb. Currently, the clipboard history supports plain text, HTML and images less than 1MB.

To clear your clipboard history, you should use the Settings app. Here is how it can be done.

To clear your clipboard history in Windows 10

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to System - Clipboard.
  3. On the right, go to the section Save multiple items.
  4. Turn off the toggle option below.Windows 10 Enable Clipboard History

This will clear your clipboard history completely, including pinned items. Don't forget to turn on the option Save multiple items in order to continue using the cloud clipboard feature.

It is possible to clear your clipboard history without removing the pinned items. It is also very easy.

Clear your clipboard history without removing the pinned items

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to System - Clipboard.
  3. On the right, go to the section Clear clipboard data.
  4. Click on the Clear button and you are done.Windows 10 Clear Clipboard History Button

That's it!

Finally, you can remove individual items from the clipboard history.

Remove individual items from the clipboard history

  1. Press the Win + V keys to open the clipboard flyout.
  2. Hover with the mouse pointer over the desired item in the clipboard history and click on the X symbol next to the item.Windows 10 Clipboard History Remove Individual Items
  3. Alternatively, you can select the desired clipboard item using Up and Down arrows. Pressing the Delete key will remove it.

You are done.

Bonus tip: You can clear your clipboard without using the Clipboard History feature. This can be done in any version of Windows 10, also in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. If you are using a public PC or sharing your Windows user account with some friend or family member, you might be interested in making sure that your clipboard (data which you have cut or copied) is empty after you leave your PC. Just open a new command prompt and type the following command:

cmd /c echo.|clip

For more information, refer to the next article:

Clear clipboard data in Windows 10 with a shortcut or a hotkey

That's it.

3 thoughts on “Clear Clipboard History in Windows 10

  1. Dave

    #1 Is there a way to completely disable this “cloud clipboard” and use the old version? I don’t want everything I copy/paste to be saved, ever, anywhere.

    PS I currently use a shortcut on my desktop to clear my clipboard similar to the method you mentioned.

    Target: %windir%\System32\cmd.exe /c “echo off | clip”

    Start in: %windir%\System32

  2. MerryMarjie

    I have the latest version of Windows 10 on my desktop (Version 1803, Build 17134.48). I can not find “clipboard” in my Settings, and entering “clipboard” into the search box directs me to the Edge browser. Is it possible that once again, my Windows 10 doesn’t match anyone else’s? (I’m constantly reading about tips and tricks that never seem to work on MY computer!)


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