How to Turn On or Of Clipboard History in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to enable or disable clipboard history when using Windows 11 so users can copy and paste multiple items to and from their clipboard history, and also pin items they tend to use all the time and also sync their clipboard history to the cloud.

When you copy something on your PC, it’s automatically copied to your clipboard for you to paste. With Windows 11, not only can you can paste multiple items from your clipboard history, but you can also pin items you tend to use all the time and sync your clipboard history to other devices via the cloud.

Windows allocates 4MB and up to 25 copied entries in the clipboard history. Text, HTML, and Bitmap are supported. Your clipboard history is automatically cleared each time you reboot your PC, except for those that are pinned. Your clipboard history is also synced to all devices connected to your Microsoft account.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Windows 11 is new, but clipboard history isn’t. Previous versions of Windows also include clipboard history.

To get started with enabling clipboard history in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to enable clipboard history in Windows 11

Again, Windows allows you to copy and paste content by default. However, to improve your clipboard experience, you may want to enable clipboard history to enable other features that are not available with the basic coping and pasting of content.

To enable clipboard history, use these steps.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, select Clipboard on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Clipboard settings pane, toggle the button to the On position to enable Clipboard history as highlighted below.

That will enable Clipboard history. To sync your clipboard across other devices, click on the highlighted link to sign into your Microsoft account. Do the same for your other devices as well.

That should do it!

How to enable clipboard history using keyboard shortcuts

The same steps above can be done quickly using Windows shortcuts. To enable or disable clipboard history using the shortcuts, press the keys below:

Windows logo key + V

That will show you a pop-up windows where you can enable it

When clipboard history is enabled you can use the same Windows key + V shortcuts to view items in your history.

Remember, all items in the history will be cleared when you reboot our computer. To keep items in history and survive a reboot, you must pin them there.

To manually clear all items in the clipboard history, click the Clear all button. To clear an item on your clipboard, open your clipboard by selecting Windows logo key  + V, and then next to the item in question, select Delete.

How to disable clipboard history in Windows 11

To disable clipboard history in Windows 11, reverse the steps above. Go to the Start menu ==> Settings ==> System Clipboard and toggle the button to the Off position as highlighted below.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to enable or disable clipboard history in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.