Since Windows 10 version 1903, we can make use of the multiple clipboard function provided by Windows itself to reuse multiple historical copies of information. But what should we do if we encounter a problem that shows that we cannot open the clipboard history? If you are using a lower version of Windows, how can you enjoy the multiple clipboard feature?
1. Use the system’s own function to deal with it
If after copying the content, press the Win+V key combination to display “Unable to display history”, it means that the system does not open the clipboard history (i.e. multiple clipboards) function, only to open this function to use the clipboard history. At this point, just click “Settings → System → Clipboard” to enter the clipboard settings window, the “Clipboard History” entry under the switch to turn on, so that the multiple clipboard function is turned on (Figure 1).
If you are worried about data leakage caused by synchronizing the clipboard history between different devices, you can turn off the “Synchronize across devices” switch to disable clipboard data sharing. If you are worried about losing some important items by clearing the clipboard data, you can fix these items in the history first (How to fix: In the clipboard history window, click the three-dot button in the upper right corner of the entry and select “Fix”) (Figure 2).
Use third-party software instead
The Windows 10 Multi-Clipping feature is a bit simpler after all. Users who encounter problems with the system’s inability to display clipboard history entries, or who are using a lower version of Windows, can also turn to better third-party clipboard management tools, such as ClipAngel or CopyQ.
First of all, we can use the freeware ClipAngel, which not only allows multiple copying of text, but also supports cutting and pasting of HTML, images, RTF and other common formats. The copied history allows selective pasting as plain text in original format or de-formatted, and the copied history can be set to top and also encrypted and saved to a disk file (Figure 3).
Second, we can also use CopyQ, an open-source freeware with powerful clipboard management features for portable use without installation. In addition to copying, searching, and editing plain and formatted text, HTML code, images, and URL information, it can even quickly copy the contents of every cell in an entire spreadsheet, automatically recognizing and switching cells for pasting. In addition, we can also use the tabs to group the copied items, so that we can cope with different needs of copying categorized items without confusion caused by too many entries (Figure 4). In addition, we can use it to open folders quickly, open folders in bulk, open network addresses quickly, etc.