The Clipboard

As you cut or copy, Word stores the information you have cut or copied on the Clipboard. Each time you cut or copy, the data you just cut or copied goes to the top of the Clipboard hierarchy and the previous data moves down one level. When you choose Paste, the item at the top of the hierarchy is the item Word pastes into your document. The Clipboard can store up to 24 items. If you want to paste a previous Clipboard item into your document, place the insertion point where you want the item, display the Clipboard pane, and then clicking the item.

You can click the Options button at the bottom of the Clipboard pane to set the Clipboard options described in the following table.

Clipboard Options

Option Description
Show Office Clipboard Automatically Shows the Clipboard automatically when you copy items
Show Office Clipboard When Ctrl+C Pressed Twice Shows the Clipboard when you hold down the Ctrl key and press C twice
Collect Without Showing Office Clipboard Copies a selected item to the Clipboard without displaying the Clipboard pane
Show Office Clipboard Icon on Taskbar Displays the Clipboard icon on your system taskbar
Show Status Near Taskbar When Copying Displays on the taskbar the number of items on the Clipboard as you are copying


Use the Clipboard

  1. Place the insertion point where you want to insert text.
  2. Choose the Home tab.
  3. Click the dialog box launcher launcher in the Clipboard group. The Clipboard pane appears.
  4. Click the item on the Clipboard you want to insert into your document. Word pastes the Clipboard item at the insertion point.

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Click the Paste All button at the top of the Clipboard pane if you want to paste everything on the Clipboard into your document. Click the Clear All button located next to the Paste All button if you want to remove everything from the Clipboard.

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