Did you know that you can view the last five items you’ve saved to the clipboard on your Chromebook? Just use the Launcher + V keyboard shortcut to see them. No, it’s not an intuitive shortcut. And that may be why Google is considering a small change to the ChromeOS clipboard history shortcut based on some recent code I discovered.
I say this is a small change, because it is. However, I love Google’s plan because it just makes sense.
What’s the change? Using the standard CTRL + V keyboard shortcut to view the ChromeOS clipboard history.
Instead of tapping that key combo to paste the most recent item, you’ll be able to long-press it and choose from the last five clipboard items. Yes, please!
Of course, this being a relatively new code change for ChromeOS, you can’t use it just yet. Well, at least I can’t on the latest Dev Channel. And I don’t typically run the ChromeOS Canary Channel.
For those that do and want to check for it, hop over to
chrome://flags#clipboard-history-longpress and enable the flag. I imagine the flag will appear in the next week or so, unless it’s already appearing in the Canary Channel.
I also like this as a method to replace something you may have already pasted. Imagine a quick CTRL + V to paste one thing but you want to replace the snippet from your ChromeOS Clipboard history. Long pressing brings up the history and choosing a different snippet overwrites the previously pasted info.
Yes, I know I’m probably too excited by such a small change.
However, by using the industry standard shortcut, I think this can have a big, positive productivity impact. And think of any newer Chromebook owners that have used other operating systems. How would they even know to use the Chromebook Launcher + V keyboard shortcut to get their ChromeOS Clipboard history?
Whether you view this as a big or small improvement, it’s still an improvement. Anything that improves the ChromeOS user experience while keeping things simple, is good in my book!