Category Archives: Windows 10

Windows Clipboard History

I hope you know that Office gives you 24 clipboards (not just one). Now, Windows 10 also gives multiple clipboards (starting Oct 2018 update). It is called Windows Clipboard History.

Enable Windows Clipboard History

Simple method, just press Windows key + V. It will ask you to enable Windows Clipboard History. Click the Turn On button. That’s it.

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The official way is to Go to Settings – search for Clipboard and enable it.

Windows Clipboard History enable option

How to copy into the clipboard?

Nothing new here. Use the copy option in any software or Ctrl C – as usual. What is different is that earlier we used to get only ONE clipboard. So if you copied something else, the earlier clipboard content is overwritten.

If you press Ctrl V, the current clipboard will be pasted – again as usual.

But now, there is another option.

Windows V – Windows Clipboard History shortcut

If you press Windows key with V, you will see a list of various items you have copied earlier. You can now choose which one you want to paste. The windows appears at the current cursor location in a document.

The list is visual. You can actually see the contents of the clipboard.

Click on the one you want to paste.

Pin frequent items to the Windows Clipboard History so that you don’t lose them.

When is the Windows Clipboard History cleared

It is cleared when you restart the PC. The Pinned items will be available even after a restart.

What is stored in the history

Maximum clipboard size is 4 MB. It is a very powerful clipboard. It understands all kinds of objects – not just text and images. For example, it can copy paste PowerPoint slides, Adobe Illustrator objects and so on.

Understand the risk

Past data is stored in the history. So anyone who uses the Windows V shortcut on your PC (in your login) will see all the past clipboard entries.

BE CAREFUL ABOUT PASSWORDS AND OTHER SENSITIVE DATA

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Unpin Quick Access Folder

The general rule is: If you see a pin, you can unpin it. That rule fails if you try to Unpin Quick Access Folder in Windows 10. Commonly used folders should be pinned to the Quick Access area. Right click on any folder and choose Pin To Quick Access. Now you can go to the folder in just one click.

Pin to Quick Access

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Unpin Quick Access Folder

In case you want to Unpin Quick Access Folder, you will want to click on the pin to unpin it. Unfortunately, that does not work. You must right click on the pinned item and choose Unpin From Quick Access option.

Unpin Quick Access Folder

Drag drop also works for pinning folders. Drag the folder and drop it IN BETWEEN existing Quick Access Items. Be very careful while doing it. If you drag drop a folder on another folder, the entire folder will be MOVED or COPIED. Undo works in case you make a mistake. The cursor should look like this to PIN it rather than move it:

Drag Drop to add folders to Quick Access

Use Quick Access area to speed up navigation to commonly used folders. If you are working on a project, add those folders as well. After the project is complete, remember to remove the related folders from Quick Access. Although Quick Access has no limit on entries, if you need to waste time to look for a Quick Access entry in a long list, it is not longer quick!

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Irritant: How to forget a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 10

We often need to forget a Wi-Fi hotspot or change its properties. This was easily possible by using the right click menu (also called the context menu). With Windows 10, there is no context menu. Frustrating! Here is the solution.

Click on the network icon in taskbar to open the list of connections. At the bottom click Network Settings. Now you see another list of Wi-Fi networks. DO NOT go there. Click on Manage Wi-Fi settings.

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Ignore the Wi-Fi Sense settings on top. Scroll down to Manage Known Networks. CLICK (not right click) on the network you want and then finally you see the Forget button.

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Enjoy the experience!

Still don’t like the Windows 10 Start Menu? Use Classic Shell

Install Classic Shell. I have been using it since Windows 8 days. Works perfectly. Has all the features you expect (and more) from Windows 7. Extremely customizable. I have already started using it.

Of course the New start menu has many good things. But sometimes, you just want to start a program, search for a file and get going. You don’t want any distractions. That is when you use a start menu replacement like this one. Of course if you Shift Click on the Classic Shell Start icon, you can still get the New Start Menu anyway. So we get best of both worlds.

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The only thing I wonder about is, if it is so simple to give the world what they want, why did Microsoft not provide this as an option for so many years. If people had got back their favorite feature, they would have looked at all the “New” features and “Apps” more positively. Even now it is not too late…