How To Clear Clipboard in Windows 10

Whenever you copy or cut something in Windows 10, the last copied or cut item gets stored in the clipboard memory. The clipboard is a buffer and also a short-term or temporary storage that can store a copy of a single item or multiple items. The last item remains in memory until you restart the computer or clear the clipboard in Windows 10.

For some reason, you might not want to keep the data stored on Clipboard. Therefore, In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to Clear Clipboard in Windows 10.

How to Clear Clipboard in Windows 10

Here are the following methods you can use to clear Clipboard data in Windows 10.

  1. Clear Clipboard using Clipboard settings
  2. Clear Clipboard data using Desktop Shortcut
  3. Use Command Prompt to clear Clipboard

1. Clear Clipboard using Clipboard settings in Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows+I shortcut key to open the Windows 10’s settings.
  2. In the settings, select System > Clipboard settings.
  3. Under the “Clear Clipboard history” section, click the Clear button to clear the clipboard data.
How to clear Clipboard Windows 10

Now, everything is cleared to the clipboard. Next time you will copy or cut something, It’ll be stored in the clipboard. To clear again, you have to repeat the same steps to clear clipboard data in Windows 10.

2. Clear Clipboard data using Desktop Shortcut

Every time to clear the clipboard data by going through all the settings is not a convenient way. You can create a shortcut on the desktop and clear clipboard data with a simple click. These following steps will show you how to do this.

  1. Right-click anywhere on the desktop screen, and then select New>Shortcut.
  2. This opens a “Create shortcut” window.
  3. Type the following location of the item.
%windir%\System32\cmd /c echo off | clip
How to clear Clipboard Windows 10
  1. Click the Next button, and type the name of the shortcut as “Clear Clipboard” or whatever you want, and then click the finish button.
How to clear Clipboard Windows 10

Once you created the shortcut, click twice the shortcut to clear the clipboard data.

3. Use a Command Prompt to clear Clipboard History

If you really like to use the command prompt, then running a simple command will clear the clipboard history.

  1. Open the start menu, and search CMD.
  2. Once you get the Command Prompt in the result, click the command prompt to open.
  3. In the command prompt, run the following command.
echo off | clip

Now, the Clipboard history is cleared.

How to Disable Clipboard History

Using Clipboard history, you can save multiples items to the clipboard and then retrieve the item from the clipboard history. To view the clipboard history, press the “Windows Logo + V” shortcut key, and then select the item to paste from it.

If you don’t want to use the clipboard history option, then simply disable it.

  1. Click the start menu, and then click the settings gear icon to open the settings.
  2. Navigate to the System > Clipboard.
  3. Under the Clipboard history, disable this option using a toggle button.

Once the “Clipboard history” option is disabled, you press the Windows + V; a prompt will alert you that “Can’t show history.” Now, only the last item will be stored to the clipboard; any new copied item will overwrite the existing one.

Using these methods, you can clear the clipboard data in Windows 10. Although there are many clipboard alternatives such as ClipClipArsclip, etc., using the Windows Clipboard is good enough.

I hope this guide is helpful for you.

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