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How To View Clipboard History In Windows 10

The built-In Clipboard utility on the Windows platform, Is a temporary holding area In memory (Ram), that stores data that you've recently copied from a document, program or any other source. You can then paste It Into It's respective destination, and view the contents thereafter. Prior to Windows 10 version 1809, there was no way to view your clipboard history, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to do exactly that, regardless of the Windows 10 version you're running.

What I'm referring to, Is simply the copy & paste operation from (for example) one document to another. We all do It almost everyday during our computing tasks, and If you're not running the Windows 10 October 2018 update (version 1809), Windows only stores the last Item that was copied to the Clipboard.

To natively access a history of Items that you've copied to the Clipboard, you must have the Windows 10 October 2018 update. Well, there Is a way around this, by using a very Impressive third-party tool named Clipdiary. This records everything you've copied to the Clipboard (Images, text, links etc), and allows you to view the history by hitting a couple of keys on your keyboard.

You can download Clipdiary from the official website. I suggest opting for the portable version- as this does not require Installation, hence no changes are made to your system. I've thoroughly tested this tool, and must say, I'm very Impressed with It's overall functionality and after reading this tutorial, I'm sure you'll share the same opinion.  So without further delay, let's get this started.

Step One:
Once you've download the tool, run the executable file and It will ask to enter a preferred hotkey. This Is the combination that will be used to execute the tool. I've left It at It's default state, namely Ctrl + D. When you've made your selection, hit Next.

Step Two:
I've skipped a few self-explanatory steps, to the point of selecting the checkbox next to I understand how to work with the program. Then hit Next to continue.

Step Three:
Now simply hit Finish, to complete the configuration process.

Step Four:
Upon executing the tool by hitting my selected hotkeys of Ctrl + D, as you can see, a history of my Clipboard activity Is stored In the tool.

Step Five:
But what If other users on my PC hit the keys and view my history? Not a problem, let's set a password by first selecting File > Database as Illustrated below.

Step Six:
Next, toward the bottom of the tool, hit the Set Password button.

Step Seven:
In the New Password and Repeat fields, enter your password (complex!), and hit OK to finalize the process.

Step Eight:
I've executed the tool again, and the password has taken effect, thus It must be entered to view It's contents. There's no button to click on, so hit the Enter key on your keyboard.

Step Nine:
And here's my Clipboard history. The Image entries In the red box, are actually the above screenshots I took whilst writing this tutorial. This Is quite Impressive, and you'll see why In the next step.

Last Step:
What's good about the Image entries, Is that you can see exactly which screenshots they relate to. Simply mouse over one entry, and It will expand to It's respective screenshot. I've done just that In the Image below.

Final Thoughts:
There are a number of reasons why you'd want to view your Clipboard history. Perhaps you've copied & pasted an Important command, and completely forgot It's context & origin. Or may be you want to see what your child has been up to on their PC. Ultimately, It depends on your usability and computing environment.

Please note that any sensitive Information, such as usernames & passwords, can be retrieved from the Clipboard history, so It's of the utmost Importance to either refrain from copying & pasting, or set a password on the tool as per Step Six above.


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