How to Access Clipboard in Android (and Clear it)

How to Access Clipboard in Android (and Clear it)

The copy and paste functionality on Android smartphones might seem to be a “one-time” thing. Once you copy a snippet of text, you need to paste it before copying or cutting another. If you don’t, you won’t have access to it anymore.

Also, if you copy text and turn your phone off before pasting, the text will disappear into thin air.

This is because Android smartphones save copied text to RAM (Random Access Memory), a short-term type of memory.

But there’s a way to access the clipboard on your Android phone and see those copied items – and that’s what this tutorial is all about.

Here are all the steps you need to take. Open the clipboard window by pressing the Windows + V keys on your keyboard. Click on the three dots in the corner of any clipboard item you want to delete. Select the “Clear all” option to permanently remove all non-pinned items from your clipboard history.

This hidden feature is available as a flag. To find it, open a new tab, paste chrome://flags into Chrome’s Omnibox and then press the Enter key. Search for “Clipboard” in the search box.

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Troubleshooting clipboard

Make sure you’ve turned on clipboard history. To turn your clipboard on for the first time, select Windows logo key + V and select Turn on.

Clipboard history gets cleared each time you restart your PC, except for those items you’ve pinned.

Syncing your clipboard items across your Windows 10 devices requires you to be running the latest Windows 10 update. For more information on updating, see Windows Update: FAQ.

You can choose to have your copied items sync automatically to your other devices.

Note: The sync feature is tied to your Microsoft account or your work account, so remember to use the same login information on all your devices.

Select Start > Settings > System > Clipboard .

In the Sync across devices section, set the toggle to On.

Your size limitations are 4 MB per item. Text, HTML, and Bitmap are supported.

Your clipboard history is limited to 25 copied entries. Older items—unless they’re pinned—are removed automatically to make room for new clipboard items.

How to Disable Clipboard History

When Clipboard history is enabled, anything you copy will appear in the Clipboard history list. If you are concerned about cloud sync and privacy, you can disable the feature in Windows Settings. You also might not want to use the utility because you have mapped the key combination to another critical shortcut.

To disable clipboard history, select the Start button, and choose the gear icon for Settings. Alternatively, use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut.

In Settings, select System.

On the System sidebar, scroll to Clipboard. Go to the section called Clipboard history and toggle the switch to Off.

If you press Windows+V now, you will see a small window notifying you that Windows 10 cannot show your Clipboard history because the feature is turned off.

To Clear All Clipboard History Data Excluding Pinned Items from Win+V

This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17704.

1 Press the Win + V keys to open the clipboard. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the 3 dots menu button at the top right corner of any item, and click/tap on Clear all.

How to Search for Screenshots on Windows

Even if you’re the best screenshot namer in the world there are chances that you might still lose the file and not be able to find it on your computer. Luckily, Windows has an awesome way to view your previously taken screenshots by searching for them in “File Explorer” which comes built right into the operating system.

Step 1. Open File Explorer.

Step 2. From within File Explorer, choose “This PC” and then you can type what you’re looking for into the “Search This PC” box. I choose to use “This PC” so that it will explore my entire Windows machine. If you know the folder you want to find the previous screenshots from, you can elect to search just that one folder.

Pro Tip: The search results will compile faster for you if you know what folder you’re trying to find the screenshot in.

Step 3. Type in the name of the screenshot that you’re looking for.

I always forget to name my screenshots, so I can just search for them by “screenshot” and that will retrieve all of the screenshots under that name.

File Explorer is packed with detail as well. I can see the name of my screenshot, the path of where it is on my PC, the date that I took it, and what image type that it is. Super useful if I knew the date that I took it as I could just filter by that.

6. How to edit a screenshot on a Mac

There are several ways you can edit a screenshot on a Mac:

  • Use the Screenshot utility app.
    To edit a screenshot you have just taken, this option must be selected in advance. For this, Launch the Screenshot app → click Options → select Show Floating Thumbnail . So the next time you take a screenshot, you will see a small thumbnail in the right corner of the screen. Click it to edit, rotate, or crop screenshot. Then, you can click Done if you finished, choose the trash icon to delete or select to share the file via mail, AirDrop and so on.
  • Use the Preview app.
    When you control-click the screenshot, it is opened by the Preview app by default. Using this app, you can edit, rename, and share a screenshot. By default, screenshots are saved in .png format. To change the format, you can click on File on the menu bar and select Export to convert a PNG format to .heic, .jpeg, .pdf, or .tiff.
  • Use the Terminal utility app.
    By default all screenshot file names start with “Screenshot”. You can change the screenshots’ file names via the following commands:
    Defaults write com.apple.screencapture name “the desired name”
    killall SystemUIServer

    Here the “desired name” is the name of a new image file.
    Restore settings:
    Defaults write com.apple.screencapture name “Screenshot”
    killall SystemUIServer

    Also, you can change the screenshot file format . For this, use the command:
    Defaults write com.apple.screencapture type format
    killall SystemUIServer

The “format” may be one of the following: jpg, tiff, pdf, png, bmp.
*You can find more useful Terminal Commands here.

4. Create Shortcut to Clear Clipboard

In case you have a frequent need to clear the Clipboard, you may want to create a dedicated shortcut on the desktop of your computer to help you clear the Clipboard on your Windows 10 computer.

1. Right-click anywhere (Empty space) on the Screen of your Windows 10 Computer. This will activate a Contextual menu on the desktop of your computer.

2. In the Contextual menu, click on New (1) and then click on Shortcut (2) in the side-menu that appears (See image below)

3. Next, type cmd /c echo off. | clip as the location for the shortcut and click on Next (See image below)

4. On the next screen, type any Name for the shortcut and click on Finish .

5. You should be able to see the Clear Clipboard shortcut icon created on the Desktop of your Computer.

As you can see in the above image, the shortcut looks like a Command Prompt window. In case you feel like, you can change the look of this shortcut by following the steps below.

1. Right-click on the Clipboard shortcut Icon and then click on Properties in the contextual menu (See image below).

2. On the Clipboard Properties Screen, click on the Change Icon… button and then select an appropriate icon for this shortcut (See image below)

How to Disable Clipboard History in Windows 10

First, click the “Start” button, and then click the “gear” icon on the left side of the Start menu to open the “Windows Settings” menu. You can also press Windows+i to get there.

In Windows Settings, click on “System.”

On the Settings sidebar, click on “Clipboard.” In Clipboard settings, locate the section called “Clipboard history” and toggle the switch to “Off.”

Once disabled, if you press Windows+V, you will see a small window alerting you that Windows 10 cannot show your Clipboard history because the feature is turned off.

Now you’re free to copy and paste in privacy once again.

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