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Microsoft will finally solve this annoying issue with the Windows 10 clipboard

Windows 10 Clipboard History
Windows 10 Clipboard History (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Windows 10 build 21318 is rolling out to Dev channel Insiders.
  • The update lets you paste items as plain text from your clipboard history.
  • The update also includes several improvements and fixes.

Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 build 21318 to Insiders in the Dev channel. The update only includes one new feature, but it will make copying and pasting easier on Windows 10. Following this update, you'll have the option to paste content from your clipboard history as plain text.

You can already paste content as plain text by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+V, but that only pastes the most recent content that you've copied. The new option lets you paste any content from your clipboard history as plain text. To open your clipboard history, just press WIN+V. You'll then see an option to "Paste as Text" next to the options to pin or delete the content.

This is the only new feature in build 21318. Here's Microsoft's description of the feature:

Simply open clipboard history (WIN + V) and click the … button next to any text-based entry in your clipboard history – you will now see a "Paste as plain text" option alongside pin and delete! When you use this action in clipboard history, it pastes the text content of the clipboard without its original formatting (font, color, size etc.), allowing it to match the formatting of the destination document.

While the build doesn't have any other new features, it does have some changes and improvements:

  • Insiders using x64 apps on ARM64 will no longer need to download and install a separate preview version of the ARM64 C++ redistributable package.
  • We're making a change so that the notification when pairing supported Bluetooth devices will now stay on the screen a little longer, given you the chance to interact with it before it goes away. If you'd like to dismiss it before then, you can still do so at any point by clicking the X in the notification, middle clicking the notification, or sliding the notification off the screen.
  • Touch keyboard improvements as mentioned in Build 21301 such as updates to the default keyboard layout on 12" or larger screens and the candidate bar are now rolling out to all Insiders in the Dev Channel.
  • We've improved the smoothness of motion while using Magnifier – for the scenario where you are transitioning between mouse and keyboard focus.

You can read more about the build on Microsoft's blog and can grab the update now through Windows Update if you're a Dev channel Insider.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • Win+V is probably one of the most underrated features for users. It's staggering how many of my colleague's still only know how to right click copy and paste.
  • Yeah. Microsoft needs to advertise such features more.
  • Definitely! Many of these kind of features left unnoticed until Microsoft kills them due to "low usage". Also I think they should integrate on the context menu so it will be more visible for users, since most users don't deal with shortcut keys except for very basic ones. Have it an sub-menu under Paste command or seperate "Clipboard" command on context menu.
  • I knew about clipboard history, but it always seemed to be 'off' when I wanted to use it, despite enabling every clipboard option. Finally, I tried it the other day and it workes. What a revelation! Yes, this is a great productivity boost. Spread the good news!