How to use New and Improved Clipboard in Windows 11 - Windows Basics


Sunday, November 21, 2021

How to use New and Improved Clipboard in Windows 11

Many users often copy and paste text and images from one software to another. When you copy any text or image, the Windows 11 clipboard stores the copied item so you can paste it. Therefore, the clipboard manager is an essential feature for a lot of users.

The clipboard manager has undergone an overhaul in Windows 11. The improved clipboard manager is welcome as the version in Windows 10 is a bit limited. Let's find out how you can make full use of the enhanced clipboard manager in Microsoft's new desktop platform.

What is clipboard history?

Before, you could just copy items one at a time to the clipboard in Windows, which sucks. With this limitation, many users have turned to third-party clipboard management software to copy multiple items.

Microsoft has finally changed and provided users with the much-anticipated Windows clipboard history feature. In 2020, Windows 10 added a clipboard history feature that saves up to 25 copied items. You can then select the item you want to paste from the Clipboard window.

Thus, clipboard history is the clipboard manager of Windows 11. In Windows 10, the clipboard panel only shows a selection of copied items for you to paste. The new version now includes additional tabs for images, emojis, and icons at the top, making it even more useful.

How to enable clipboard history in Windows 11

The clipboard history is opened with the Windows + V hotkey. However, you cannot open the clipboard history with that shortcut if it is not already activated. Here's how you can enable that feature in Settings.

1. Click the Start button on the taskbar.

2. Select to open the Settings app from the Start menu.

3 Click Clipboard on the System tab.

4. Then click the Clipboard history toggle to enable that feature.

If you want to share copied items across devices, you need to enable clipboard sync. To do so, press the Get started button for the Share across devices option. Next, choose an email address for identity verification. Then enter the code you received for the selected email address and click the Verify option.

You will be able to choose two alternative sync options in the clipboard settings. First, select Automatically sync text I copy if you want to sync automatically. If not, choose Manually sync text that I copy instead.

After enabling clipboard history in Settings, you will be able to open the clipboard window. Press the Windows + V keyboard shortcut to bring up the clipboard manager. You can now try out this feature in the new desktop platform.

How to copy and select various copied items

Copying text to the clipboard is very simple. Select some text to copy in a word processor or web browser by holding down the left mouse button and hovering the pointer over it. Once you've selected the text, press Ctrl + C.

Then, open the clipboard manager with the keyboard shortcut. You can view all copied items on the Clipboard history tab. Select a copied item there. Open a text editor to paste the selected item in and press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V.

To copy the image, open a File Explorer window by clicking the folder icon on the taskbar. Then open the folder that includes some pictures. Right click on the image file there and select Copy option. You can also copy photos on web pages by right-clicking on them and selecting the copy contextual menu option.

You can select the copied image in the clipboard history just like any text item. Open an image editing application to paste the selected item with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V.

How to add emojis to documents

You can add emoji and kaomoji to your documents using the Windows 11 clipboard manager. To do so, open any document.

Make sure you click inside the document file or text box and open the clipboard manager. Click the Emoji or Kaomoji tab in the clipboard manager. Then, select an emoji to add it to the document, as shown in the snapshot directly below. To find a specific emoji, enter a keyword in the search box.

How to choose a GIF image for a document

Do you need to add a few images to a document or email? If so, you may find the GIF tab in the Windows clipboard manager useful. That tab includes loads of images for you to choose from.

Open the document in a word processor (or a text editor that can handle GIFs). Click where you want to add the image in the document and press Windows + V to open the clipboard manager. Then, select the GIF tab and select a photo to insert from there. To find more specific image assets, enter keywords in the search box.

How to quickly find recently used items

If you need to select more than one emoji or the same icon, note the Most recently used tab of the clipboard manager. That tab includes recently selected icons, images, and emojis. So you can quickly find and select the symbols or emoticons that you often add to documents from.

How to clear clipboard history

Sometimes you may want to wipe your clipboard history. You don't need to restart Windows 11 to do that. Instead, clear the clipboard history via Settings as follows.

1. Press the Start button on the taskbar to select Settings on the menu.

2. Select the Clipboard navigation option in the System tab.

3. Click the Clear button.

Alternatively, you can delete copied items from the clipboard history. Open clipboard history with keyboard shortcut. Then, click the Clear all button on the Clipboard history tab.

To remove specific copied items from the clipboard, click the three-dot button for those items on the Clipboard history tab. You can then click the Delete option for specific items.

The improved cipboard manager could still be better, but it's also a significant improvement over the past. So think about how to better use and improve this tool!

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