Add Clipboard History Context Menu in Windows 10

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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. By adding a special context menu, you'll be able to enable or disable it quickly.

The Cloud Clipboard feature is officially called 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!

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.

It is possible to enable or disable the Clipboard History feature in Windows 10 using either Settings or a Registry tweak. Both methods are reviewed in the article

Enable or Disable Clipboard History in Windows 10

Additionally, you can add a context menu to the Desktop and save your time.

To add the Clipboard History context menu in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Download these Registry files: Download Registry Files.
  2. Extract them to any folder.
  3. Double click on the file Add Clipboard History Context Menu.reg to add it to the Registry.
  4. Confirm the UAC prompt.
  5. Right-click anywhere on your Desktop. You will see the following menu.

You are done! The undo tweak is included in the zip archive.

How it works

The Clipboard History feature can be enabled with a Registry tweak. You need to change the 32-Bit DWORD value EnableClipboardHistory under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Clipboard. A value data of 1 enables the feature, 0 will disable it.

The context menu commands execute the built-in reg.exe app which changes the EnableClipboardHistory value. The following command is used to enable the Clipboard History feature:

reg add hkcu\software\microsoft\clipboard /v enableclipboardhistory /t reg_dword /d 1 /f

The next command disables it.

reg add hkcu\software\microsoft\clipboard /v enableclipboardhistory /t reg_dword /d 0 /f

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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