How To Check Clipboard History; Windows, Macbook and on Your Phone

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There are times when we’ve copied information and pasted it somewhere else. Then we go ahead and copy something else and the cycle continues. But what happens when you need the information we previously copied? That’s where the clipboard history comes in handy.

The clipboard, also known as pasteboard, is a special location in your computer’s memory that temporarily stores data that was cut or copied from a document. Once, something is stored in the clipboard, it can then be pasted to a new location.

Clipboard History on Windows

  • First, make sure you’re on the October 2018 build by opening the run box, and typing winver in it. The version should be 1809.
  • Before you can view clipboard history on Windows 10, you need to enable it. Open the Settings app and go to the System group of settings. Select the Clipboard tab, and turn on clipboard history.
  • To view your clipboard history, tap the Win+V keyboard shortcut. A little panel will open that will list all items, images and text, that you copied to your clipboard. Scroll through it and click an item you want to paste again.
  • If you look closely at the panel, you will see that each item has a little pin icon on it. Clicking it will exempt the item from being cleared when you clear your clipboard history.


  • A Mac clipboard is one of those macOS programs that runs in the background. You can find it and view clipboard through the Finder menu, in the top toolbar.
  • Find and select Show Clipboard to see the last item you copied. The main way to view your clipboard history is to paste (Command/⌘+V).
  • If you want to copy a file from one folder to another, for example, you can select it, press Command/⌘+C, then click in the folder you want to copy to and press Command/⌘+V.

Not many people know that macOS has a hidden secondary clipboard. It’s a very well-kept secret.

  • Select any text and press Control + K to cut it.
  • To paste it in its new location, press Control + Y.
  • Note that this cuts, rather than copies, the text. As this feature uses a different functionality, it won’t remove what is currently on the “main” clipboard.


  • Log into Google Play and install the Clipper Clipboard Manager app.
  • When you launch the Clipper Clipboard Manager, as you long press and copy text to save it to the clipboard, you’ll see those show up in the clipboard log inside the app.
  • Pressing the three dots to the right of the clipboard snippet, you’ll have access to view, edit, share, or even select that entry so that you can paste it anywhere else you like.
  • Without a clipboard manager like Clipper, you’d only have access to the last item that you copied to the clipboard. But a clipboard manager gives you access to the clipboard history so you can use anything you’ve recently saved there.

A Word Of Caution

Users tend to copy and paste sensitive information like logins, passwords, and even banking information to their clipboard. This isn’t a good idea, ever, but before the October 2018 update, it wasn’t as dangerous because Windows only remembered the last entry on your clipboard. If you enable clipboard history on Windows 10, you need to take special care that you do not copy sensitive information to your clipboard. If you do copy sensitive information to the clipboard, make sure that you clear it out immediately. You can remove individual items from your history.

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