Windows 10 and 11 have a sophisticated clipboard system with various neat features that make using several computers side-by-side much easier. For example, you can copy something on one device and paste that onto another. You can stop sending emails or messages to yourself just to get something copied to another machine. The system works not just with text but also with images and small files.
Naturally, clipboard sync in Windows 10 and 11 may raise privacy concerns. When you use clipboard history in Windows 10 and 11, Microsoft shares the data between your devices by sending it first to Microsoft servers. Of course, Microsoft is not reading your clipboard. Still, some users are not happy with the fact that things they copy go to servers somewhere in Microsoft HQ.
If you do not want your clipboard history to sync across devices via Microsoft servers, here is how to clear clipboard history in Windows and disable sync.
How to Open My Clipboard History in Windows?
If you use clipboard sync in Windows, press Win + V to open clipboard history in Windows. This is a universal shortcut, and it works in the most recent Windows 10 versions and all versions of Windows 11. You need a third-party app to log and view clipboard history if you do not use that feature. There are some apps that track what you copy/paste without syncing that data to other devices, but we strongly advice you not to do that. You never know where your information goes when using such apps.
Clear Clipboard History on Windows 10
Deleting clipboard history in Windows 10 is almost the same as in 11. The difference is that Windows 10 has a slightly different Settings app UI.
- Launch the Settings app using any method you like — for example, press Win + I or Win + X and select Settings.
- Go to System > Clipboard.
- Click Clear in the Clear clipboard data section.
Deleting clipboard history in Windows will remove all local and synced items. If you want to stop clipboard syncing, disable the Clipboard history toggle.
Clear Clipboard History on Windows 11
- Open the Settings app by right-clicking the Start menu button and selecting Settings. You can also press Win + I, use the All apps list in the Start menu, or Windows Search.
- Go to the System > Clipboard section.
- Find the Clear clipboard data option and click Clear. Windows will clear clipboard history right away with no additional confirmations.
Another way to clear clipboard history in Windows 11 is to press Win + V. This shortcut opens your clipboard and allows removing individual items or everything at once. To delete one or several items, click a button with three dots, then hit the button with a recycle bin logo.
If you want to delete all clipboard history, click Clear all.
Delete Clipboard History in Windows
Here is another method to clear clipboard in Windows 10 and 11. It will work for those who do not use clipboard sync across devices using a Microsoft Account. Windows does not track your clipboard history if you do not use sync, but you can create a simple command to clear what is currently sitting in the clipboard. For example, you want to ensure no other app can paste the credit card number you have just copied. Just execute a command and the information disappears from clipboard.
Of course, launching Command Prompt every time you want to clear clipboard in Windows 10 is not the best idea. You can fix that by creating a shortcut and pinning it to the taskbar. Windows 11 and 10 will clear clipboard every time you click it without additional prompts, windows, or dialog box. Just a simple single-click experience.
- Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select New > Shortcut.
- Paste the following command into the address bar: C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe /c “echo off | clip”. This command tells Windows to launch Command Prompt and execute the command responsible for clearing clipboard in Windows 10 and 11. Those extra parameters are need to ensure you do not have to close the Command Prompt window each time you clear clipboard in Windows 10.
- Click Next and give your shortcut any name you like. For example, “Clear clipboard in Windows.”
- Save the shortcut.
- Pin the shortcut to the taskbar or place it wherever it is convenient for you.
Now you can clear clipboard history in Windows 11 and 10 with a single click.
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