Whenever you copy or cut any content on your Windows 10,8.1 or 7 PC, it uses clipboard feature to capture the content temporary until it captures another one. The copied content remains available on the Clipboard and can be seen by anyone with access to your computer such as images, texts, prints screen etc.
Here, we are going to explain few simple steps on how to clear clipboard in Windows 10/8.1/7.
Why Clear Clipboard in Windows?
The Clipboard can be described as a special or dedicated storage location in RAM, used by the computers to store bits of data on a temporary basis.
When you copy or cut text, image or any other content on your computer using the copy or cut command(Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X), the information is stored on the Clipboard and remains accessible, even after you have executed the Paste command.
In case you are using a shared computer, the data stored on the Clipboard of your computer can turn out to be a security risk. In case you have the habit of copy and pasting the content and other sensitive information such as passwords or credit card numbers. You may not want to leave this data on the clipboard for others to find. Hence, a habit of clearing the Clipboard in Windows ensures you that the data remains safe from unauthorized access.
Create Shortcut to Clear Clipboard:
In case you have a daily need to clear the Clipboard, you can create a dedicated shortcut on the desktop of your Windows computer.
- Right-click anywhere (Empty space) on the Screen of your Windows 10,8.1 or 7 Computer. This will activate a Contextual menu on the desktop of your computer.
- In the Contextual menu, click on New and then click on Shortcut in the side menu that appears.
- In the window that opens, type cmd /c echo. | clip as the location for the shortcut and click on Next.
- Type any desired Name for the shortcut and click Finish.
- Now, you can see the Clear Clipboard shortcut icon created on the Desktop.
Test and Confirm:
To know whether the shortcut is working, simply copy some content and paste it into a Notepad or Word Document. Now the content that you just copied is still available on the Clipboard and can be accessed by anyone.
To test the shortcut, double-click on the Clear Clipboard shortcut you have just created. You will see a black screen popping up and disappearing on the screen of your computer. Now, try to Paste (Ctrl+V) the clipboard content into a Notepad or MS Word Document.
You will not be able to paste the content of the document, confirming that “Clear Clipboard” shortcut is working on your Windows computer.