How to Turn On the Clipboard History on Windows 11

The Windows clipboard is a place in your computer’s memory where things you’ve copied or cut are temporarily placed. It, therefore, acts like an intermediary nest of sorts, temporarily holding the data before you can move it somewhere else.


The clipboard also keeps a record of things you’ve copied or cut previously, called “clipboard history,” before you can paste them anywhere else. In this article, we’ll look at how you can turn on the clipboard history on your Windows PC and a few other things you can do with it.


How to Enable the Clipboard History on Windows 11

First introduced with Windows in 2018, the clipboard has made a long way since then and is now available in Windows 11 as well.

As we’ve said above, the clipboard history gives you the list of things you’ve copied over time. Note that the maximum size that the clipboard history can store is always less than 4 MB, and it keeps a maximum of 25 different files at once. Within these parameters, the clipboard will keep a record of all the files that you’ve copied and pasted so far — but only if you’ve turned on the feature beforehand.

So now that you’ve got a brief intro about the clipboard and clipboard history let’s look at how you can enable it. Follow the steps below to get started:

  1. Head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘settings,’ and select the best match.
  2. From there, select System.

  3. Now click on Clipboard.

  4. Now toggle on the Clipboard history switch from the Clipboard section.

That’s it. Follow the above points, and your clipboard history settings will be successfully enabled. After you’ve enabled the clipboard history, let’s now look at some other features that come packed with it.

Wherever you’re on your screen, when you want to look at the clipboard history of your PC, press the Windows key + V shortcut. As soon as you do this, a new window will pop open, giving you the list of items you’ve copied so far.

On your Activity history, you can also delete individual items from the list. Just click on the settings of the individual files and your settings, and then select Delete. Alternatively, you can also wipe out the whole history all at once. Now, right-click on any file again, and select Clear all.

That’s all — do this, and the app will clear away your history.

Enabling Clipboard History on Windows PC

The clipboard has become a handy tool for Windows users over time. If you’ve followed the steps above point by point, you’ll be able to turn on the clipboard history on your PC and make the most out of this tool. You can, of course, disable the history whenever you’d like; just head to the Clipboard section in Settings and toggle off the history switch from there.

Clipboard is one of many tools that come for free with your Windows; so while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out all the other options at your hands on Windows.