How to ‘Paste as plain text’ in clipboard history on Windows 10 (21318)

    Starting with Windows 10 Build 21318, Microsoft added a new feature to enhances Cloud Clipboard with more features that include Paste as plain text in the clipboard history.

    Right now, pressing WIN + V keys opens Clipboard history in Windows 10, where users can access the history of recently pasted items, clear history, and even sync clipboard data across all devices linked with the same Microsoft account.

    How to Paste as plain text in clipboard history on  Windows 10 (21318)

    In Windows 10 Build 21318, when you open Clipboard history windows there will be a new option called Paste as text, accompanied by Pin, Delete, and Sync.

    In Clipboard History, when you use this option to copy the content to the clipboard it will paste the text content of the clipboard without its original formatting (size, color, font, etc.), as a result, it will match the formatting of the destination document.

    Paste as plain text in clipboard history on Windows 10

    In case, you want to paste text content of the clipboard as a plain text, then here’s how you can do that:

    Microsoft is testing this feature with Windows Insider, so make sure you’re running Windows 10 Build 21318 or above.

    Next, you need to press WIN + V to open Clipboard history.

    Here, click on click on the Ellipse (…) icon and select “Paste as text“.

    Doing this will let the text content match formatting of the app or original documents.

    Apart from this, the company has made some design changes to WIN + V window, which includes:

    • New consolidated MRU section which displays recently used items from all categories
    • Now enables you to insert gifs
    • Search box is now inline
    • Includes clipboard history
    design changes to WIN + V windows

    What are your thoughts about Microsoft adding this new feature to Clipboard History? Do you find it useful? We would like to hear from you.

    Viney Dhiman
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