You might not even know what is the clipboard, but, most likely, you have already used it several times while using your computer or cell phone. The feature is essential for operating systems and can even help recover lost data. Understand below what it actually is and where this area is located, and learn how to take advantage of its resources, both on mobile and PC.
The clipboard is a feature present in mobile and computer operating systems, which allows the user to copy, cut and paste content between different documents or applications.
Being able to store data in small amounts (such as document snippets, links and images), it is the place where these contents are stored while they are being transferred.
To make it even clearer, imagine that you need to pass text from a web page to a document on your computer. By copying it, you have done nothing more than saving it to your PC’s clipboard, until it is pasted to the destination location.
It is also worth mentioning that, both on the computer and on the mobile, the clipboard and its history of contents can be viewed, which can be very useful for a user who needs to recover lost data.
At the beginning of computing, the clipboard could only save data in plain text, being useful only for basic functions of moving or copying words. Today, however, it can store metadata in multiple formats, as well as recognize links and save color, image, spreadsheet, and database attributes.
Is there a way to see the entire clipboard?
Even being a “suspended” resource, the clipboard can be accessed by the user, even allowing the visualization of its history. The amount of stored records, however, varies depending on the operating system in question. While some of them only record the last copied or cut content, others are able to store much more data.
How to see the PC clipboard
In Windows 10 or 11, press “Windows + V” key to see your clipboard. When you do this, a window with all your history will appear.
If the display of your history items is not enabled, you can do so by tapping “Enable”. From then on, every time you open the window, you will see the last content you copied or cut while using the computer.
On the Mac, the commands are a little different. Click on Finder and go to the menu bar. Find the “Edit” option, click on it and then select the “Show Clipboard” button. Okay, now all your history is visible.
Keep in mind, though, that unlike Windows, macOS only records the last item that was copied, so you won’t have much to look at.
Despite the bad news, it is worth remembering that Apple computers have an advantage over Windows, as they have a universal clipboard. This means that any content copied or cut on company computers can be pasted on any other device connected to the same iCloud account.
There are minimum specifications between the devices that are able to make this transfer, but if you have a Mac and an iPhone that fit this list and are connected to the same iCloud account, just keep the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi of both devices turned on and your Handoff activated. Once this is done, you can copy and paste contents from one to the other, as many times as you want.
As far as is known, no.
Microsoft, at least, has already stated that their system does not have a predefined maximum size for its clipboard. Apple, despite categorically not saying the same, does not point out in its manual any indication that there would be a specific size for its use.
In the case of Android devices, the situation is a little more variable, and it is better to look for detailed information in the user manual.