13/08/2022

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How to use Gboard's Clipboard on an Android device so you easily paste text and images

  • By using a clipboard on Android, you can create a collection of text clips and images and paste them into other apps. 
  • Tap the Clipboard icon in the top row of Gboard to see all the recently copied snippets and paste them with a tap.
  • You can pin snippets you plan to use a lot so they will be available forever (or until you delete them).
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Like your computer, your Android phone has a clipboard that you can use to copy and paste snippets of text in any app you can type into. But unlike your Windows PC or Mac, Android lets you collect multiple clipboard items and easily access them from a shortcut on the keyboard. Google’s Gboard keyboard lets you curate a selection of text clips and images and paste them with a tap. 

Prior to Android 10, there were a number of third-party apps (like Clipper and Clip Stack) which allowed you to manage the clipboard in much the same way, but Google no longer allows any apps other than Gboard to do that.  

How to use Gboard’s Clipboard on an Android device

Google’s Gboard is designed to give you easy access to Android’s Clipboard. If you’re not already using this keyboard, you should install Gboard from Google Play and select it so it’s the current keyboard. To do that, start an app that displays the keyboard and tap the keyboard icon in the lower-right corner. On the Choose input method pop-up, tap Gboard

Select Gboard as the current keyboard.
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You should see the Clipboard icon in the keyboard’s top row. Before you can use it, you need to turn it on. Tap the Clipboard icon and turn it on by swiping the button to the right. 

Turn on the Clipboard in Gboard the first time you use it.
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The Clipboard shows you recent clips and pinned clips. If you simply want to copy and paste something, copy it in the usual way (double-tap some text, for example, and then drag the selection bar to include everything you want to copy, then tap Copy) and then position the cursor in the app where you want to paste the text. Tap the Clipboard icon. You should see your recently copied clip at the top of the Recent section. Tap it and it’ll be pasted into the app.

Gboard retains the last half-dozen items you have copied. If you have a snippet you need to paste over and over and want to make sure it stays available, you can pin it. To do that, tap and hold the clip until the pop-up menu appears, then tap Pin. It’ll appear in the Pinned portion of the clipboard until you unpin it.  

Recent clips appear in the Clipboard, and you can pin ones you frequently use.
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How to clear the Clipboard using Gboard

If you do a lot of copying and pasting, your Clipboard can easily become cluttered, especially if you pin a lot of clips as well. You can delete clips one at a time, but there’s an easier way: You can clear the whole Clipboard all at once. 

1. Tap the clipboard icon in Gboard.

2. Tap the pencil-shaped Edit icon on the right. 

3. Select all the items in the Clipboard by tapping each one. You should see check marks appear. 

4. Tap the garbage can-shaped Delete icon at the top. 

You can select and delete clips with a few taps.
Dave Johnson