How to Use Clipboards On Various Platforms? The Best Ways To Use


Ever wondered where the text kept when we copied it from the source. The copied text is stored in the clipboards until we paste the copied text to its destination. In this article, we will tell you how to use a clipboard in Windows.

If we get into the technical terms then a clipboard is small buffer storage offered by computer devices for storing a piece of information temporarily. This buffer storage lies in the RAM of the computer which gets refreshed when the device is restarted. In layman’s language, a clipboard is a space that saves the copied information which you are about to paste.

We can use clipboards in almost all computing devices these include your mobile phones, Windows 10, Windows Vista, 7, and 8, Windows 2000 and XP, Windows 9X, ME and NT, Windows Command line, Windows Powershell, iPad, and iPhone.

Given below are steps involved that will tell you how to use clipboards in the computing devices mentioned above.

Also Read, How Windows 11 Will Change Your PC – Making Your System Best Than Ever

How to Use Clipboards

Source: American Medical Association

Further in the article, you will come across how to use the clipboards and the steps involved in enabling the history of the clipboards.

How to move content into the Clipboard


Moving anything to the clipboard is simple. Follow the steps given below 

  1. Select the text you want to move.
  2. Right-click on the text.
  3. A list will appear in front of. Search for “Copy” or ”Cut” and click on it.
  4. The text has been moved to the clipboard.


  1. Select the text you wish to move and press ”Ctrl”+ “C” or “Ctrl”+ “X” for the windows.
  2. For mac use “Command”+ “C” or “Command”+ ”X”, to move the text to the clipboard.


For Moving the text or photo to the clipboard. 

  1. Select the text and long press on the screen.
  2. A list will appear on the screen.
  3. Tap on cut or Copy.
  4. Your text or image has been moved to the clipboard

Copying Information from clipboard to other programs

On Desktop

After you have moved something to the clipboard. Follow the following steps to copy information from the clipboard to other programs.

  1. Right-click on the area, you want to copy the text to.
  2. From the drop-down list select “Paste”
  3. The information has been copied.


  1. Move to the area you wish to paste the text and press “Ctrl”+ ”V” for the windows.
  2. For MAC use the combination of “Command”+ ”V”, for copying the information from the clipboard.

Mobile Devices

  1. Long press on the area you wish to paste the information from the clipboard.
  2. A list will appear on the screen.
  3. Tap on “Paste”.
  4. Your text or image has been moved to the destination from the clipboard.

Opening Clipboards in windows 10

Clipboards - Wndows 10
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The new update for windows 10 in 2018 made it possible for the user to access and see the content copied to the clipboard. Provided the clipboard history must not exceed 4 MB to access the clipboard feature follow the steps below

  1. Click on the start button.
  2. Search for settings and click on them.
  3. In settings search for the system option.
  4. On the left window pane, click the clipboard option.
  5. Toggle the option below the clipboard history.
  6. Now, you can access the clipboard history by pressing “Windows Button”+ “V”.

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Windows Vista,7 and 8

There are no inbuilt features in Windows Vista,7, and 8 for viewing the clipboard history but these can be accessed through third-party utilities or software.

Windows 2000 and XP

For accessing the clipboard in Windows 2000 or XP, you need to know that the clipbook is called the clip viewer in windows 2000 or XP. For accessing the clip viewer follow the steps given below

  1. Open the Windows Explorer.
  2. Move to the “Windows” Folder
  3. Next click on the “system 32” folder
  4. At last double click on the “Clipbrd.exe”


Start> Run> Type”Clipbrd”> Press Enter

Windows 9x, ME, and NT

Windows 9x, ME, and NT comes with the pre-installed clipboard viewer. To access them follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the start button.
  2. Move to programs.
  3. Click on the “System Tools” from the list.
  4. At last click on the Clipboard viewer.

The clipboard viewer can also be accessed through the windows directory from the clipbrd.exe.

Windows Command Line

Clipboards - Windows Command Line
Source: How To Geek

There is no such command in the windows command line that would directly access the clipboard viewer. But you can move the text to the clipboard using the “Clip” command and can later paste it into the notepad.

Windows Power Shell

You cannot view the clipboard in the windows power shell but you can definitely get the text copied in the clipboard using the “Get-Clipboard” or “gcb” command.

iPhone or iPad

Apple does not provide any such feature through which you can have access to the clipboard viewer. But you can access the clipboard on Apple devices using third-party apps.

Android Devices

Google well does not include the clipboard viewer in its devices but there are various other third-party applications that can serve the purpose for you.

Also Read, Windows 11 System Requirements – For Upgrading Windows 10


We at deasilex tried our best to get you the updated information about the clipboard viewers. We hope you enjoyed reading this and it proves to be useful to you. Do write us your reviews in the comments section.

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