How To Empty the Clipboard in Windows 7 [Tip]

You can copy, paste, & cut the content in and out from Windows clipboard but do you know if there is a way to clear it up? Apparently, there is.

When needed, simply run the following command in the Command Prompt window, or from Win+R Run window:

cmd /c “echo off | clip”


To simplify, you can create a shortcut with the command as the location of the item, and save it in a place where you can easily access, such as desktop.


To find out if it works, check out these tips to view what’s in your clipboard.

[via Windows 7 Quick Tips]

  • fielduser

    It works on my Win7 without any quoatation marks.
    cmd /c echo off | clip

  • Tyler Houlihan


    • Shifat

      Are you logged in as an administrator?

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  • Asad Siddiqi

    Please let DOS Rest in Peace ! It is not the dos window, its the Windows Command Prompt.
    Thank you and no offense

    • Master Of Obvious

      …aaaand i’m assuming that Windows Command Prompt just dropped one day from the sky straight in the Win’s heart with no past and for no reason whatsoever

  • nasz

    DOS isn’t dead, it’s lurking under every Microsoft operating system patiently waiting for attention.

  • M. Elaine

    Awesome tip. I didn’t realize how addicted I was to clipbrd.exe until it was gone. Thanks!

  • ET

    Thank you!!

  • thiago

    thank yooooou!!!

  • Fed-Up

    I cant F-in believe it, windows is for one geek to rub the swollen head of another geek- What an F-in embarrasment this program is. No damned wonder Bill stepped away, and Steve Ballmer is soon to leave as well. But when it comes to productivity windows makes a yellow legal pad look pretty damned productive.

  • ddesjard

    Great tip. Thanks.