In Visual Studio, I can cycle through my clipboard history by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+V rather than CTRL+V. I believe it's called a clipboard ring. But that feature doesn't seem to exist outside of Visual Studio, at least not with the same key combination. Is there a key stroke combination built in to windows to do the same, i.e. be able to cycle through your clipboard history while pasting?

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    dunno about win7, did you assume that it does? Winxp has no clipboard history! For win xp at least, Look at c:\windows\system32\clipbrd.exe it's pretty crappy. You may need an alternative. – barlop Feb 25 '11 at 13:28
  • I am using Windows 7. Honestly, I just assumed that the feature would work the same, independent of windows version - seems that may not be the case. And I wasn't aware that XP had no clipboard history. – carmbrester Feb 25 '11 at 13:32

Windows (7 and previous versions) does not have such a built-in clipboard management feature; but you might want to read the following article:


I recommend ditto and clipX.

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    I updated my answer. Thanks for the feedback. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Sep 4 '13 at 14:31
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    so how do you cycle anyways? – Adaptabi Jul 15 '15 at 15:04

As of Windows 10 version 1809, Windows now has built-in clipboard history.
You can push ⊞ Win + V to show it.

Note that this is still has many fewer features than Ditto, so that would still be a good option to consider.

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