How to clear clipboard in Windows 10?

Almost every day we are using clipboards on different devices, including Windows operating system. In this short article we will take a deeper look at the Windows 10 clipboard and show how to clear it up.

What is a clipboard?

Clipboard is a special zone at RAM, which is used by system to temporary store some little pieces of data. It can contain text, some images or other information. With the help of this tool, user gets opportunity to copy and paste information in Windows in a very comfortable and easy way.

clear clipboard cut copy

When you copy or cut something (by using the key combinations Ctrl + C and Ctrl + X), information gets into clipboard. When you are pasting something (by pressing Ctrl + V), information transfers from clipboard. The important thing is that clipboard allows you to keep copy of 1 item only (it can be 1 file, image or a piece of text). In case you often cut, copy or paste data, it can be useful to take a look at the clipboard to see what it contains at the moment.

How to view clipboard’s content in Windows 10?

You could view the content of the clipboard by running a special command in Windows XP, but in newer OS builds this functionality was eliminated by developers (most likely, they decided that it’s useless).

The easiest way to view the clipboard is to paste its content. In case you know what type of information is in clipboard, you can place it in the needed place. If it’s text or image – paste them in Word document, if there’s some file in clipboard – paste it using File Explorer.

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How to clear clipboard in Windows 10?

Clearing the clipboard is a pretty useful function. You can use it, for example, when you need to give an access to your PC to someone else. You can do this by using the following instructions:

How to clear clipboard by running a command

  1. Press Win + R.
  2. Type in the following command:
    cmd /c echo.|clip

    cmd echo

  3. Run it by pressing Enter.

It’s ready! Now your clipboard has been cleared.

How to create a shortcut to clear clipboard?

  1. Right click on the Desktop.
  2. Choose New, then click on Shortcut.
    create shortcut
  3. In the Type the location of the item field type the following command and click Next:
     cmd /c echo.|clip
    cmd echo shortcut
  4. Give the Shortcut a name (for example, Clean up clipboard) and press Finish.
    clipboard clear up
  5. You can add a Shortcut to your Taskbar, just move it there by using a mouse.
    clipboard clean taskbar

How to add a keys shortcut to clear clipboard in Windows 10?

  1. Press Win + R.
  2. Type in the following command and press Enter:
     shell:Start menu
    cmd shell start menu
  3. Copy the Shortcut created earlier to the newly opened folder.
    start menu clear clipboard shortcut
  4. Right click on it and choose Properties.
    clipboard clear properties shortcut
  5. Switch to Shortcut tab, click on Shortcut key field and press the key combination which you want to be assigned as hot keys.
  6. Press Apply.
    clipboard clear shortcut keys

That’s all! We hope that this short article helped you to find out what the clipboard in Windows 10 is and how you can clear it in case of need.

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