Save Time Using Office Clipboard

Office 365 / SharePoint Blog

If you’re constantly having to cut and paste different sections of text, which I do quite often, using the regular clipboard features can be frustrating.

office-clipboard1To combat this outside of Microsoft Office, I often have several Notepad windows open with these different bits of text that I am copying and pasting.

Within Microsoft Office, however, there is a smarter way to handle it – use the Office Clipboard Manager.

You can find the Office Clipboard Manager under the Home Tab for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access; under the Message Tab in Outlook; and under the
Edit Tab in Publisher and SharePoint Designer. At the time of this writing, the feature appears to not be available within OneNote.

Using Ctrl+C will copy items to the clipboard. New items always show up at the top of the clipboard task pane. Each entry includes an icon representing the source of the office program, a thumbnail of an image, or the beginning of the text that you copied.

To paste an item other than the latest copied item, within the Clipboard Task pane, use your mouse to click on the item you want to paste and it will paste it at the cursor position.

You can control how the Office Clipboard is displayed by clicking the Options button at the bottom of the Clipboard task pane.

Office Clipboard

Show Office Clipboard Automatically: Automatically displays the Office Clipboard when copying items.

Show Office Clipboard When CTRL+C Pressed Twice: Automatically displays the Office Clipboard when you press CTRL+C twice.

Collect Without Showing Office Clipboard: Automatically copies items to the Office Clipboard without displaying the Clipboard task pane.

Show Office Clipboard Icon on Taskbar: Displays the Office Clipboard icon Button image in the status area of the system taskbar when the Office Clipboard is active. This option is turned on by default.

Show Status Near Taskbar When Copying: Displays the collected item message when copying items to the Office Clipboard. This option is turned on by default.


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