The copy and paste function in Windows 10 is set to change in a big way with the next operating system update.
Windows recently reported that with Windows 10 Build 20185, Microsoft is reproducing the Clipboard feature – which records duplicate text and images – to add a new panel that allows emojis, GIFs and other content to be inserted into documents, emails and messages.
The new Clipboard panel, which will still be accessed by pressing the Windows and V buttons, features an emoji section that provides access to a set of emojis, as well as a landing page containing the ones you have recently used. It also has a GIF section that serves up trending GIFs and a search feature, so you can dig around the perfect GIF to spam in Slack.
The latest build of Windows 10 also adds to a Clipboard history feature, which surprisingly provides a glimpse of the latest content you copied and pasted. Such an option exists in the current Clipboard iteration, but is somewhat limited, as it can only record up to 25 text entries. The new history feature removes that limit and also supports other HTML content and images, rather than just text.
Like Microsoft’s redesign of the Windows 10 Start menu, this is just a small change that can have a significant impact, making day-to-day work on Windows much easier. And easier processes mean that people can do things much faster and more efficiently.
Moreover, richer copy and paste functions will certainly make it easier to change information and images about, and allow you to track things such as duplicate links or pieces of text, which can so easily be absent in the daily use of the computer.
The new clipboard was created to be used in Windows 10X, the Microsoft version of Windows that was created to work on dual-touch touch devices like the Surface Neo. But the development of Windows 10X has apparently slowed down, and it seems that Microsoft is ready to bring some of its features to the full version of Windows 10 in the near future.
Currently, Windows 10 Build 20185 is only available to members of the Windows Insider program. But many of the changes made to this test environment tend to make it to the full release of Windows 10, so we expect the new Clipboard to come sooner rather than later to shake up how we copy and paste forever.