How to clear the Clipboard in Excel, Word or PowerPoint

Many users search for a method to clear the Clipboard from Microsoft Office applications but rarely come across something useful. If you are interested in knowing how to clear the Clipboard in Microsoft Office applications like Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, read the instructions given below.

Whenever a user copies some content to an Office application, it resides temporarily under its Clipboard from where it can be accessed readily. However, over time, this content can build up clutter. So, if you are interested and insist on cleaning this up, read further.

Clear Clipboard in Excel, Word, PowerPoint

The clipboard can be regarded as one of the dedicated storage locations in RAM to store bits of data temporarily. When you collect too much data on your clipboard, you might get an error that says your clipboard is full. Here’s how to empty the clipboard.

  1. Open the Clipboard task pane
  2. Delete Clipboard entries individually
  3. Clear Clipboard in one go.

To delete all clips or an individual clip, first, open the Clipboard task pane.

1] Open the Clipboard task pane

Please note that the method remains the same irrespective of the app you use – Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. So, all you have to do is type the name of the desired application (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) in ‘Search‘ bar, select it, and open it.

How to clear the Clipboard in Excel, Word or PowerPoint

Switch to the ‘Home’ tab and click the ‘Clipboard Group’ visible as a side-arrow pointing in the downward direction.

The Clipboard task pane will instantly popup and be seen on the left side of your spreadsheet. It will show all the clips in the clipboard.

2] Delete Clipboard entries individually or in one go

Here, you can choose to delete or clear the Clipboard individually or all, at once.

To clear the Clipboard individually, select the clip, press the down-arrow and choose the ‘Delete’ option.

Similarly, to clear the Clipboard in one go, just press the ‘Clear All’ button, located adjacent to the ‘Paste All’ option.

Also, note that since the data residing under the Clipboard is stored on the RAM, restarting the computer will also clear this temporary data from your computer.

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