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Clear Clipboard History Natively In Windows 10

The Windows Clipboard, Is a native utility that allows users to copy data from one source to another, In the form of copy & paste operations. Basically, It temporarily stores the Information (to be copied) In Ram, and releases It when It's pasted. By default, you need to select the contents first, and paste thereafter. It's also a security concern, whereby anyone can paste what you've previously copied and view It straight after that. As such, I will show you how to clear the Clipboard history, natively within Windows by using a few tools.

Whether you're working with an Office document, or navigating online by copying & pasting posts and links on Facebook, we all use the Windows Clipboard during our day-to-day computational tasks. If you've copied some sensitive data to the Clipboard, such as your password when creating a given online account, then anyone with physical access to your computer, can hit Ctrl+V and paste your details Into Notepad and take over your account.

What's more alarming, Is that If you have the Windows 10 October 2018 update Installed, It stores a history of Items that you've copied to the Clipboard- not just the last Item. This means that an array of Information can be collected from the Clipboard history!

To prevent this, I will demonstrate how to clear the Clipboard history, by using a few Windows tools and utilities- namely the Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell and also the Run menu. Each are equally effective, thus It's just a matter of personal choice. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.

Method One:

This Is an extremely simple process. Execute the Run menu, and enter the following command In the Input field.
cmd /c "echo off | clip"

Then hit OK as shown below. The Clipboard history will now be Immediately cleared.

Method Two:

This Involves using the Command Prompt. Firstly, enter cmd In the Windows 10 Search box, and then click on the search result at the top.

The Command Prompt will now execute, so type the following command.
cmd /c "echo off | clip"

When your terminal looks like mine below, hit the Enter key on your keyboard. There will not be any activity to suggest that the Clipboard has been cleared, but rest assured, It certainly has.

Method Three:

The final method pertains to using Windows PowerShell. To access It, open the Run menu, enter powershell and hit OK.

Windows PowerShell will execute, so enter the following command.
echo $null | clip.exe

Your PowerShell terminal will look the same as mine below, so simply hit the Enter key on your keyboard. In doing so, the Clipboard history will be cleared there and then.

Final Thoughts:

Given each method serves the same purpose and also achieves the same result, there are no hard and fast rules as to which you should prioritize. If you have multiple users sharing your computer, be sure to apply one of the above methods, the moment you finish your computing session.


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