Windows 11: How to use the clipboard to copy and paste

THE transfer area of Windows, also known as Clipboard in English, is a place of storage of actions performed by the user on the Microsoft system, including screen captures and copying of texts and images. Knowing how to manage this tool can help users recover some lost data throughout the day.

In Windows 11 clipboard interface, user can organize content to quick access The frequent items. In addition, it is possible to upload the items to the cloud and synchronize them on all devices linked to the same Microsoft account, even those running Windows 10.

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These features are optional, so it is necessary enable tool settings. In the step by step below, we teach you how to use the clipboard in Windows 11.

Enable clipboard history

  • open the settings from the start menu or using the shortcut Windows + I
  • click in System
  • Click on the option “Transfer area” in the right side
  • Enable clipboard history
  • If you prefer, also activate the synchronization between Windows devices

In synchronization, the user selects one of the options:

  • automatically sync the text I copy — clipboard history will be cloud-synced with devices linked to the same Microsoft account
  • Never automatically sync the text you copy — you’ll need to select the content to sync it to the cloud across all devices

How to enable clipboard syncHow to enable clipboard syncSource: TecMundo/Reproduction

After completing the steps, items stored in clipboard history will be synced across your devices according to your chosen preference.

It is also possible to enable clipboard history through the emoji panel using the shortcut Windows + V. When opening the panel, click the “activate” to enable tool history. In this interface, user can manage, paste and pin frequently used items.

Windows + V shortcut takes user to emoji panelWindows + V shortcut takes user to emoji panelSource: Windows Central/Playback

Frequent items and history clearing

On Windows 11, the feature is similar to the default experience. Use the shortcuts Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste in history. In the “Clipboard” tab of the emoji panel (by Windows + V shortcut), the user can check the list of items copied from other apps, such as Microsoft Edge, word, OneNote, Notepad and others.

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Paste content into the Clipboard

  • Select the text or image to copy
  • Copy the content by keyboard shortcut or using the right mouse button
  • Open Clipboard (Windows + V)
  • Paste the content in its entirety or as plain text — for this option, click on “See More” (three dots) and click on the “Paste as Text” option

Pin or delete items to the Clipboard

  • Open Clipboard (Windows + V)
  • Select frequently used content
  • Click the “Pin” button in the bottom right corner of the content
  • Select the content to be excluded from the area
  • Click on “See More” (three dots) and click on the “Delete” option to remove the item from the history

Pin content is a quick way to not have to copy the item multiple timesPin content is a quick way to not have to copy the item multiple timesSource: Windows Central/Playback

Clear Clipboard history

Clipboard can be cleared directly in the emoji panel by clicking on “Clear All” button. The user can also perform the action by following the steps:

  • Open Settings
  • Click System
  • Click on the Clipboard page on the right side
  • Click “Clear” button under “Clear data from clipboard” option
  • The action should exclude the texts and images of the area, minus the items fixed in the tool
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Disable history and sync

For disable the history and synchronization of the clipboard, follow the same steps as for enabling, returning the key to “disabled“. After disabling the tool, the user can still copy and paste normallybut will not have access to history and content will not be synced across devices.

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