Over the past decades, we have seen a lot of Clipboard software which have worked across devices, saved what you copy to the cloud or in the local PC, but there hasn’t been one which works seamlessly with Windows 11/10.
Cloud Clipboard feature in Windows 11/10
While the Windows Clipboard continues to be there, Microsoft has now introduced a Cloud Clipboard which is natively integrated into Windows 10. In this post, I am sharing how you can use the Cloud Clipboard feature in Windows 10.
What is Cloud Clipboard in Windows 11/10
While it is simply termed as Clipboard by Microsoft, this feature works keeps a copy of the text you copy, images, and keep a copy of multiple items and can retain all of them even after a restart. If you opt to also Sync these copied files/data across devices including Windows 10 and connected Android Devices, then it makes use of the cloud.
Enable and Customize Clipboard History in Windows 11/10
There is nothing special you need to do except that you should enable Clipboard in Windows which is off by default.
In Windows 11, go to Settings > System > Clipboard and turn on the toggle for Clipboard History.
In Windows 10, it looks like this:
After this, turn on the toggle for Sync across devices. Next, when you access it on any other device, you will see the same Clipboard data on any other device.
How to use Cloud Clipboard in Windows 11/10
To access Clipboard, press Win+V anywhere, and the clipboard will pop up. To copy-paste, any of the text or images just click on it, and it will automatically appear in the editor. For images, it has to be an editor that can accept images like Paint.
You can scroll through the list, and copy anything you want. I haven’t seen any limit on how many it can retain, but as of now, there seems to be no limit. Also, if you want to keep clipboard data even after a restart, follow these steps:
- Hover over one of the clipboard data until it becomes a little dark.
- Look for a PIN icon on the right side. Click on it to PIN.
- All the data which you PIN stay even after a PC restart.
Pressing Win+. opens the Smiley, etc. panel directly.
How to clear Clipboard Data
While a reboot clears all the clipboard data except for the pinned ones, you can also clear it manually.
To do so, go to Settings> System > Clipboard. Scroll a little and look for a button that says Clear Clipboard data. Press on it, and all the data will be removed. This option will not remove any pinned items.
Overall this feature is well done, and with support across devices and phones, it’s a job well done.
Do you like this feature? What do you think Microsoft can do to further improve it. Let us know in the comments.
This post will help you if Cloud Clipboard is not working.