Make Use of the Clipboard Pane

If you work in the type of office where you can’t install your own favourite productivity software due to strict IT policies, then it’s likely that Microsoft Office is already installed on your system. Microsoft Office is packed with features that can help you stay on top of things and get the job done.

Here is a useful tip:

We’re all familiar with the Windows Clipboard which is used by the operating system to temporarily store information we’ve cut or copied so that we can paste it somewhere else. A limit to the Windows clipboard is that it can only store one item at a time. Not so with the Microsoft Office Clipboard!

Very often in Word or Excel or some other part of the Office suite you need to cut or copy many pieces of information from one place to another, or even between different documents or work books or worksheets. You’ll also often need to paste these items repeatedly.

Open the Office Clipboard by clicking on the dialog launcher at the bottom right corner of the Clipboard group on the HOME tab.


This will open up the Office Clipboard and allow you to store and use up to 24 items that can be pasted wherever necessary, even between Excel and Word or Outlook or some other part of the suite.

As long as the Clipboard Pane is open in at least one application then anything you cut or copy will be added to this list and can be pasted in your location of choice.

You can even set an option to ‘Collect Without Showing Office Clipboard’ which will collect those items for you in the background without having this pane open!

You can click that initial dialog launcher on the HOME tab again to close it, or click the X in the top right corner of the pane.

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