Multiple Office Clipboards in Office applications

Having done this tip gig for a number of years now, I don’t often find a tip that blows my mind. It’s even more rare that I find a tip that blows my mind, *and* has apparently been there for years. Today’s tip fits that bill… you can have up to 24 selectable Office Clipboard entries to choose from when you’re working in Outlook, Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Even better is that they are shared across all those programs!  Here’s how it works…

I went to a web page and copied some text for the One Minute Office Magic ( site:


I then opened a Word document and clicked the Expand icon for the Home > Clipboard option in the Ribbon Bar:


That launches a pane down the left side of your screen, and it shows all the items you’ve added to your clipboard. The one I copied in the first image is at the bottom, as I copied two other text selections to show you how it looks when there’s more than one item:


When you click on the Clipboard selection, it pastes it into your Word document based on where the icon is:


I’ve also opened up an Excel spreadsheet and clicked on the Home > Clipboard Expand icon, and I see the same entries in the Office Clipboard:


Here’s what it looks like when I copy it here:


You may also notice that once you use this option, you will see this pop-up in the lower right corner of your screen when you copy something new:


My head sort of exploded when I found this tip today, and I had *no* clue you could have multiple items on a clipboard unless you had some 3rd party tool. Hope this is as cool for you as it was for me!

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