General Paste as Plain Text from Clipboard History in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to paste as plain text from any text-based entry in your clipboard history in Windows 11.

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.

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.

Often you can press the Ctrl + Shift + V keys instead of Ctrl + V to paste any copied text as plain text without any formatting included. Not all apps support using Ctrl + Shift + V though.

When you use the Paste as plain text option on any text-based item in your 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.

Here's How:

1 Place the cursor where you want to paste the plain text at. (see screenshot below step 3)

2 Press the Win + V keys to open clipboard history next to the cursor location.

3 Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) menu button on the text-based item in your clipboard history you want to paste. (see screenshot below)


4 Click/tap on the Paste as Text button. (see screenshot below)


5 The selected text in your clipboard history will now be pasted as plain text without any formatting at the location of the cursor, and clipboard history will automatically close.

That's it,
Shawn Brink



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