How to Remove Information From a Previous Clipboard in MS Word


The clipboard is a feature on Microsoft Word that temporarily stores text or pictures while you copy, cut, or paste them. Although the clipboard is a very useful feature, it is sometimes important to clear the clipboard to ensure your privacy. For example, if you have copied your credit card number, social security number, or bank account number on a public computer, you should clear the clipboard to ensure that no one else can access your information. Clearing the Microsoft Word clipboard is fast and easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2007
  • Open Microsoft Word.

  • Click on the corner arrow next to "Clipboard" on the top menu. This is located on the left side of the menu, in the same area as the Paste, Cut, Copy, and Format Painter icons.

  • Clicking this arrow opens the Office Clipboard Task Pane, which is located on the left of your screen. This pane displays the data currently stored in your clipboard. You can store multiple items in your clipboard.

  • Click "Clear All." This clears the stored data in your clipboard.

Tips & Warnings

  • Since you can store multiple items in your clipboard, it is not sufficient to copy or cut a "safe" piece of text. Copy and paste shortcuts will only reveal the most recent material copied to the clipboard, but other data can still be stored.

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