Disable Clipboard History in Windows 10 With Group Policy

How to Enable or Disable Clipboard History in Windows 10 With Group Policy

Recent builds of Windows 10 come with a new Clipboard History feature. It implements a cloud-powered clipboard, which allows syncing your clipboard contents and its history across devices you use with your Microsoft Account. You can enable or disable the Clipboard History feature in Windows 10 using Group Policy.

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The Cloud Clipboard feature is officially called Clipboard History. It is powered by Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and utilizes the same technologies that made it possible to have your preferences synchronized across your devices, and your files made available everywhere with OneDrive. The company describes it as follows.

Copy paste – it’s something we all do, probably multiple times a day. But what do you do if you need to copy the same few things again and again? How do you copy content across your devices? Today we’re addressing that and taking the clipboard to the next level – simply press WIN+V and you’ll be presented with our brand-new clipboard experience!

Cloud Clipboard History Flyout

Not only can you can paste from the clipboard history, but you can also pin the items you find yourself using all the time. This history is roamed using the same technology which powers Timeline and Sets, which means you can access your clipboard across any PC with this build of Windows or higher.

It is possible to enable or disable the Clipboard History feature in Windows 10 using either Settings or a Registry tweak. Both methods are reviewed in the article

Enable or Disable Clipboard History in Windows 10

If that’s not enough, you can additionally enable or disable Clipboard History with Group Policy.

Enabled (default):

Enabled Clipboard History With Group Policy

Disabled:

Disabled Clipboard History With Group Policy

Windows 10 offers you at least two methods, a Local Group Policy Editor option, and a Group Policy Registry tweak. The first method can be used in editions of Windows 10 that come with the Local Group Policy Editor app. If you are running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition, then the Local Group Policy Editor app is available in the OS out of the box. Windows 10 Home users can apply a Registry tweak. Let’s review these methods.

To Enable or Disable Clipboard History in Windows 10 with Group Policy,

  1. Open the Local Group Policy editor app, or launch it for all users except Administrator, or for a specif user.
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > OS Policies on the left.Windows 10 Allow Clipboard History Group Policy 1
  3. On the right, find the policy setting Allow Clipboard History.
  4. Double-click on it and set the policy to Disabled to disable the feature for all users.Windows 10 Allow Clipboard History Group Policy 2
  5. Setting the option to Enabled or Not configured will allow the user to change the option in Settings (This is default).

You are done. If someone try to access clipboard history options in Settings, he will find it grayed out if it is disabled with Group Policy.

Tip: See How to Reset All Local Group Policy Settings at once in Windows 10.

Now, let’s see how the same can be done with a Registry tweak.

Enable or Disable Clipboard History in Windows 10 with Group Policy Registry Tweak

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsSystem
    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.If you do not have such a key, then just create it.
  3. Here, create a new 32-bit DWORD value AllowClipboardHistory. Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to use a 32-bit DWORD as the value type.
  4. Set it to 0 to disable the Clipboard History feature.
  5. Set it to 1 or delete the value to unblock the feature for users.
  6. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to restart the OS.

The ready-to-use Registry files are available here:

Download Registry Files

The undo tweak is included.

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