When you copy (Ctrl+c) or cut (Ctrl+v) any content on your Windows 10 (8.1 or 7) PC, it is going to use clipboard feature to capture the data temporarily until you capture the another one. Obviously whatever, such as texts, images, screen prints etc.. captured in clipboard can be pasted in appropriate place or program. Here we are going to explain few simple steps on how to clear clipboard in Windows 10/8.1/7.
Why should I clear clipboard on my Windows 10 PC? that was a good question! It depends on your need. You may need to delete the content on clipboard so other users will not be able to paste and see your data/content if the computer is used by others. OR could be some security/privacy reasons, or even your computer says that clipboard is having larger data and need to be cleaned. In this case, these below methods will become handy to clear clipboard on Windows 10, 8.1 or Windows 7 computers.
Simples Tips to Clear Clipboard on Windows 10
1) Since clipboard can hold one time data only, you can simply erase your current clipboard data (or memory) by capturing another simple data to clipboard. Let’s say, if you copied 10 pages of high confidential MS word document, the data will be on the clipboard even after you pasted somewhere. Now to clean those 10 pages data from the clipboard, you can simply copy a single text from your notepad or same Word document. So, now your clipboard will have that single text only and we actually cleared the clipboard now!
2) Restart your computer. Clipboard gets cleared once you restart computer.
3) Pressing ‘Print Screen’ on your keyword of any harmless screen will wipe the data from Clipboard on Windows 10.
4) Here is the actual Windows command to clear the clipboard manually. This command can be executed in ‘Run’ field or command prompt or create a shortcut on desktop with same command so that can be used whenever wanted to clear clipboard manually on Windows 10.
Right click on the empty space in desktop, then select new Shortcut.
Type below command on the ‘location of the items’ of shortcut as below.
cmd /c "echo off | clip"
On the next screen give a name for shortcut, let’s say ‘Clipboard Clear’ and save it.
Now you will see the shortcut icon on desktop to clear clipboard. This can be double clicked to clear the clipboard.
Test and Confirm
To know whether this method is working, simply copy some content to clipboard and paste it to notepad or MS Word, it should paste. Now double click the shortcut on the desktop, you could see a DOS (black screen) pop up and disappears (make sure it doesn’t throw any errors). If this works well, the clipboard should have been cleared. To check this, simply paste (Ctrl+V) to the same notepad or MS Word and you should not see any copied content now. This will confirm that the desktop shortcut is working fine.
There is another way available for advanced users only by modifying Windows Registry to get clear clipboard, we are not going to discuss it here. Hope these above simple and easy methods would be useful on how to clear clipboard on Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 7 laptop and desktop computers.