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How to Recover Deleted Files from Clipboard History on Windows

On this page, you will learn how to recover deleted files from clipboard history on Windows using 4 different approaches. You can also seek advice on how to avoid data loss.

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Most users are unfamiliar with the clipboard and the clipboard history, which comes in two varieties: Windows and MS Office. You can recover deleted clipboard history on Windows in 4 ways.

Windows Clipboard shows the last 25 items copied to the Clipboard. Text, HTML, and images no larger than 4 MB are acceptable. These objects can be accessed on the same or a different computer, allowing you to copy and paste them into another application or software.

Recover Unsaved Files from Clipboard History on MS Office

How can you restore unsaved files from clipboards when you don't have any backups? The solution is to use professional data recovery software such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover as many files as possible.

The methods that allow you to recover clipboard history will not work if you have lost unsaved Word documents due to accidental deletion, hard drive formatting, or system issues. You should stop writing new files to the same Windows PC for a better Windows unsaved document recovery rate because any new items can overwrite your deleted MS Office files. 

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Here are the steps to recover unsaved files:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on the computer. Choose the disk where you lost the unsaved files, and click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. You'll see the Path and Type tab on the left side,  click "Type" and "Unsaved Files". You can double-click the folder to open it or click "Open". This unsaved file recovery software will help you recover unsaved Word, Excel, PPT, and other files with ease.

choose unsaved files

Step 3. Choose target files and click the "Preview" button. Then, click "Recover" to restore these unsaved files. Be careful not to revert the recovered files to the original location, as this may overwrite the file.

recover unsaved files

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Recover Clipboard History with Shortcuts on Windows 11

This is the quickest and easiest option because the Windows clipboard tab makes it easier to recover clipboard history. To recover all copied items from your Clipboard, use the Windows Clipboard Tab short cut:

Step 1. Press Windows+. to open the tab, then click the "clipboard" icon.

clipboard icon

Step 2. To recover the clipboard items, choose and click the info you want.

Recover Clipboard History from Settings on Windows

The Windows Settings app has a function for recovering and clearing clipboard history. This is how you do it:

Step 1. You can obtain your clipboard history if you press Win + I to visit Windows "Settings" > "System" > "Clipboard".

Windows i

Step 2. When you use a PC, Windows clipboard may automatically keep track of all your cut-and-paste actions.

Windows clipboard may turn on

Step 3. All previously cut and paste messages, notes, photographs, screenshots, or other data can be seen after hitting Win + V to open the clipboard in Windows.

Recover Deleted Clipboard History via Previous Versions

You can get different copies of files/folders based on the time after turning on File History or System Protection on the local disk that houses your needed Office files and clipboard history.

Previous Versions is appropriate for some users, such as writers, because this Windows function may track the changes and updates to your key files over time. You can also use it to recover overwritten Word documents.

Step 1. Right-click on the pasted objects in your saved Microsoft Office files. After that, click the "Properties" button.

click the Properties button

Step 2. Under the Previous Versions menu, select a file version that meets your requirements.

Step 3. Select "Restore" to restore your Microsoft files to their original place. If you wish to create a new saved path, right-click Restore and then select Restore.

After restoration, navigate to the correct directories and view your recovered Office files to determine whether or not your required pasted texts have been restored.  

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To Sum Up

If you lost a file and a clipboard history, try the four solutions in this guide. If you have a backup, it is simple to retrieve deleted files. Users can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover lost or deleted data from their computer's hard drive. The software, including hard drives, external drives, USB drives, and memory cards, supports many storage devices.

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How to Recover Deleted Clipboard History FAQs

Here are 4 additional questions about recovering deleted files from clipboard history on Windows. Check here for the answers.

1. Is it possible to recover clipboard history?

Yes. You can find 25 clip items on the clipboard history on Windows 11 when you press "Windows + ." and click the board icon.

What's more, this folder's location varies depending on the operating system, but it's normally in the user directory or the library folder. Clipboard files on Windows are saved in the C: Users[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Clipboard folder.

2. How do I recover deleted clipboard history in Windows 10?

The Windows clipboard only stores one item. The following copied item always replaces the previous clipboard contents and cannot be recovered. To retrieve clipboard history, you must utilize specialized software known as a clipboard manager. Clipdiary will keep track of anything you copy to the clipboard.

3. How do I retrieve it from the clipboard?

  • Open the program from which you want to recover your clipboard data
  • Long-press anywhere on the app to choose the text field.
  • Continue to press and hold the targeted area until a dialogue box displays.
  • To retrieve your clipboard data, select Paste.

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