How to View the Clipboard in Word 2016

By Dan Gookin

All text you copy or cut in Word 2016 is stored in a location called the Clipboard. That’s the standard cut/copy/paste holding bin for text, but in Word the Clipboard is more powerful than in other Windows programs. Specifically, you can use the Clipboard task pane to examine items cut or copied, and paste them again in your document in any order.

To copy a chunk of text from the task pane to your document, heed these steps:

  1. Place the insertion pointer in your document where you want the pasted text to appear.

  2. Click the Home tab.

  3. In the Clipboard group, click the dialog box launcher.

    You see the Clipboard task pane, along with all text cut or copied since you’ve started the Word program, similar to what’s shown here.

    The Clipboard task pane.

    The Clipboard task pane.
  4. Position the mouse pointer at an item in the task pane.

    A menu button appears to the right of the item.

  5. Click the menu button and choose the Paste command.

    The text is pasted into your document.

Unlike using the Ctrl+V keyboard shortcut, or the Paste button on the Ribbon, you can paste text from the Clipboard in any order, and even summon text you copied or cut hours ago or text you copied or cut from other Microsoft Office programs.