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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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Windows Pin Security: 4 digits strong enough?

All of us know that the recommended password length is increasing all the time. Currently a complex password is recommended to be 14 characters or more. Instead of a long and complex password, you can also login using Windows Pin Security. The Windows 10 Pin can be as short as 4 digits. Pin is considered to be BETTER than a password. However, the pin looks fairly weak. Is it not?

On the face of it, yes. PIN appears to be grossly inadequate as a protection mechanism. But it is not. Obviously, Microsoft must have thought about it! How is the Windows Pin Security strong enough? Here are the reasons:

Why Windows Pin Security is better than passwords?

  1. PIN works only on that device. Therefore, even if someone knows your PIN, they need physical access to your PC.
  2. PIN is not visible on the network (Wi-Fi or network cable). Password can be stolen just by monitoring your Wi-Fi. PIN is typed locally on the PC. No chance of it being visible on the network.
  3. Many laptops have a special hardware chip for encrypting stuff. Using this chip to manage the PIN makes it impossible for hackers to find the pin. (This chip is called TPM. Never mind what it means.
  4. If someone steals the laptop, they have to guess the pin. As you would expect, there is a lockout setting with TPM chips. If the laptop does not have TPM, you can still use BitLocker and apply a group policy setting to limit failed logins.
  5. It is easy to get your passwords using various methods. Let us not go into details of what these methods are. What you need to remember is never to click on a random link in email or browser and never reveal the password to anyone. (period).
    If PIN is stolen from you, using the same methods which work with passwords, you are still safe because of the 4 reasons listed above.

If you forget your own pin, you must login using another method and reset the pin. Also note that if you enable biometric login (face recognition or fingerprint), creating a PIN is mandatory. Why so? Because, for whatever reason if biometric does not work, you need an equally secure alternative to login (login / password is less secure).  That is why you also need to set up a PIN. These new methods of secure login are called Windows Hello.

In short, if you have a choice, always use PIN (and biometric) instead of username and password with Windows 10.

Windows Pin entry button

Quick Folder Navigation with Windows 10

File Explorer is used routinely to navigate folders and files. Often we move from one folder to another. What if we want to go back to a specific folder in the recent history?  In the file explorer  you see two buttons just below the ribbon Left arrow and Right arrow. This is used to navigate previously navigated folder in backward or forward direction.  In this case you have to click on these buttons multiple times to reach the desired folder.
Fortunately there is a better method of Quick Folder Navigation. Click on the down arrow next to these Back and Forward buttons. This one shows the list of recently navigated folders. Now you can directly choose the desired one. Simple but very useful.

Quick Folder Navigation

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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