Use the Office Clipboard

The Office Clipboard stores text and graphics that you copy or cut from anywhere, and it lets you paste the stored items into any other Office file. Here's how it works in Word 2013.

  1. If you're not already there, click Home, then click the launcher in the lower-right corner of the Clipboard group.

Starting the Clipboard in Word 2013

  1. Select the text or graphics you want to copy, and press Ctrl+C. You can also press Ctrl+X to cut the text or graphics.

Each selection appears in the Clipboard, with the latest at the top. You can copy (or cut) 24 items, and they stay in the Clipboard until you close all your Office programs.

The Clipboard with several items

  1. Optionally, repeat step 2 until you've copied all the items you want to use.

 Tip    After you open the Clipboard, it stores content that you copy or cut from anywhere. The same thing happens when you set the Clipboard to store content but remain closed, as long as you have an Office program running. For more about that, see Set options for the Clipboard below.

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Paste items from the Clipboard

You can paste items into any Office file that you have open, individually or all at once.

  1. In your document, click where you want to paste the item.
  2. In the Clipboard, click the item you want to paste or, to paste everything, click Paste All.

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Delete items from the Clipboard

Do any of the following:

  • Click the arrow on the right side of the item and click Delete.
  • Right-click the item you want to delete and click Delete.
  • Click Clear All to clear everything out of the Clipboard.

Deleting an item from the Word 2013 clipboard

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Close the Clipboard

Take your pick:

  • Click the X in the upper-right corner of the Clipboard pane.
  • Click the arrow next to the X and click Close.

Closing the Clipboard in Word

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Set options for the Clipboard

The options control a variety of Clipboard functions, such as when the Clipboard appears.

  • With the Clipboard open, click Options at the bottom of the pane.

The Clipboard options in Word 2013

Here's what each option does:

Option Description
Show Office Clipboard Automatically Displays the Office Clipboard when you copy more than one item.
Show Office Clipboard When CTRL+C Pressed Twice 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. When you select this option, the Clipboard will store content copied or cut from anywhere.
Show Office Clipboard Icon on Taskbar Displays the Clipboard icon in the notification area of your Windows taskbar when the Clipboard is active. This option is on by default.
Show Status Near Taskbar When Copying Shows the number of items you've collected in the bottom-right corner of the Word window. This option is on by default.

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Applies to:
Word 2013