How to View Clipboard History Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could view your clipboard history on your Mac? Maybe you copied something important, but then accidentally copied something else and lost the previous item?

Well, good news! There is a way to access your clipboard history on a Mac, and in this tutorial, we will guide you through the process.

Step 1: Accessing the Clipboard

To begin, open any application on your Mac that allows text entry. This can be a text editor, word processor, or even just a web browser. Once you have an application open, navigate to the menu bar at the top of your screen.

Step 1.1: The Edit Menu

In the menu bar, locate the “Edit” menu and click on it. A dropdown list will appear with several options.2: The Show Clipboard Option

Within the dropdown list, look for an option called “Show Clipboard” and click on it. This action will open a new window that displays your clipboard history.

Step 2: Exploring Your Clipboard History

Now that you have opened the clipboard window, you can explore its contents. The window will contain a list of all the items you have copied to your clipboard in chronological order.

Step 2.1: Selecting an Item

To select an item from your clipboard history, simply click on it within the window. This action will automatically copy the selected item back to your active clipboard.2: Pasting an Item

If you want to paste an item from your clipboard history directly into your current application, simply position your cursor where you want to insert the item and press the “Command” and “V” keys simultaneously. Alternatively, you can right-click and select the “Paste” option from the context menu.

Step 3: Clearing Your Clipboard History

If you want to clear your clipboard history and start fresh, you have a couple of options.

Step 3.1: The Edit Menu

One way to clear your clipboard history is to go back to the “Edit” menu in your application’s menu bar, select the “Clear All” option, and confirm your choice when prompted. This action will remove all items from your clipboard history.2: Individual Items

If you only want to remove specific items from your clipboard history, you can do so by hovering over an item within the clipboard window and clicking on the small “X” icon that appears next to it. This action will delete that particular item from your clipboard history.


Viewing your clipboard history on a Mac can be incredibly useful, especially when you need quick access to previously copied items. By following these steps, you can easily access, select, paste, and clear items from your clipboard history. Take advantage of this feature to streamline your workflow and improve productivity!

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