System Enable or Disable Clipboard Sync Across Devices in Windows 11

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When you copy something on your Windows PC, it’s automatically copied to your clipboard for you to paste.

Clipboard History in Windows 10 and Windows 11 lets you save multiple items to your clipboard.

Clipboard history also allows you to copy images and text from one PC to another with a cloud-based clipboard. Not only can you can paste from your clipboard history, but you can also pin the items you tend to use all the time and sync your clipboard history to the cloud.

If you turn on sync across your devices for your clipboard, Microsoft receives your clipboard data to sync across your Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices that you are signed in to with the same Microsoft account or work account. You can select to automatically sync text that I copy, or manually sync text that I copy to manually choose text from clipboard history (Win+V) to sync.

Clipboard history size limitations are 4 MB per item. Text, HTML, and Bitmap are supported.

Clipboard history is limited to 25 copied entries. Older items—unless they're pinned—are removed automatically to make room for new clipboard items.

Clipboard history gets cleared each time you restart the PC, except for those items you’ve pinned.

The sync feature in clipboard history is tied to your Microsoft account, or your work account, so remember to use the same login information on all your devices.


This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable clipboard sync across your devices for your account or all users in Windows 11.


If you are not signed in with a Microsoft account or work account, you will not be able to sync clipboard history across your devices.



Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices for Current User in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices for Current User using REG file
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Clipboard Sync Across Devices for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Clipboard Sync Across Devices for All Users using REG file





OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices for Current User in Setting


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Clipboard on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Clipboard_History_Settings-1.png

3 Turn On or Off (default) Sync across your devices for what you want on the right side. (see screenshots below)

4 If you turned on Sync across your devices, select (dot) Automatically sync text that I copy or Manually sync text that I copy for what you want.

5 You can now close Settings if you like.

Clipboard_History_Settings-2.png

Clipboard_History_Settings-3.png






OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices for Current User using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on - auto sync), step 3 (on - manually sync), or step 4 (off) below for what you want.


2 Turn On Clipboard Sync Across Devices and Automatically Sync for Current User

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Turn_ON_Clipboard_sync_across_your_devices_and_automatically_sync.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Clipboard]
"CloudClipboardAutomaticUpload"=dword:00000001
"EnableCloudClipboard"=dword:00000001

3 Turn On Clipboard Sync Across Devices and Manually Sync for Current User

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Turn_ON_Clipboard_sync_across_your_devices_and_manually_sync.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Clipboard]
"CloudClipboardAutomaticUpload"=dword:00000000
"EnableCloudClipboard"=dword:00000001

4 To Turn Off Clipboard Sync Across Devices for Current User

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Turn_OFF_Clipboard_sync_across_your_devices.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Clipboard]
"EnableCloudClipboard"=dword:00000000

5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8 If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.





OPTION THREE

Enable or Disable Clipboard Sync Across Devices for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Four below instead for the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\OS Policies

Clipboard_History_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of OS Policies in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow Clipboard synchronization across devices policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


5 Enable Clipboard Sync Across Devices for All Users

This is the default setting to allow users to use Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

Clipboard_History_gpedit-2.png


6 Disable Clipboard Sync Across Devices for All Users

This will disable and prevent users from using Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Disabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

Clipboard_History_gpedit-3.png


7 Close the Local Group Policy Editor.





OPTION FOUR

Enable or Disable Clipboard Sync Across Devices for All Users using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. Enable Clipboard Sync Across Devices for All Users

This is the default setting to allow users to use Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_Clipboard_sync_across_devices_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"AllowCrossDeviceClipboard"=-


 3. Disable Clipboard Sync Across Devices for All Users

This will disable and prevent users from using Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_Clipboard_sync_across_devices_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"AllowCrossDeviceClipboard"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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