Not all keyboards have the Windows key.  To view the current clipboard history without using the Windows key you need to use the On-Screen or Touch keyboard.

[This article is related to using the Windows Clipboard history. ]

I checked reddit and the usual forums, but I didn’t find this trick, so I’m offering it below.

The longer-term solution is probably to get a Windows keyboard or download some 3rd party software clipboard tool that will open their own version of the a clipboard history – or even a registry edit that will remap the Windows key.

I found this to be the simpler option that doesn’t require downloading software or having to search for which registry key to edit each time.

This workaround will at least give you the ability to access the feature in a pinch, giving you access to what’s in the clipboard history right now.

Open the On Screen Keyboard

This is the easiest way to open the Windows Clipboard if you don’t have a Windows key.  On Windows 10 or Windows 11, click the Start button and type “on screen”.

Most of the time, the On-screen Keyboard is enabled by default. If you can’t find it, you can enable it in the Accessibility section of Windows Settings.

Clipboard history using the On-Screen Keyboard

With the On-Screen Keyboard pulled up you’re two clicks away.  Click the Windows Button, then click V.

Presto. Your clipboard history without a physical keyboard.

Option2: Enable and use the Touch Keyboard

The Touch Keyboard is very similar to the On-screen Keyboard, but his keyboard was made with Windows Tablets in mind.  Lucky for us, we get it with our PCs as well.

If you’re going to be using the computer you’re one without a Windows key for a bit longer than a single session, you might want to see this handy icon near the time in the bottom-right.

To use the Touch Keyboard, you’ll need to enable it first by right-clicking on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

A menu will appear.  Make sure the “Show touch keyboard button” is checked.

This will give you the button needed to open the keyboard.

Then there’s one last thing to do.  You’ll need to select the keyboard size so you have access to the virtual Windows key.

Select the right keyboard size to show the Windows key for the Touch Keyboard.

Be default, The Windows key is not available.

So click the settings in the upper-left corner.

Then select the full sized keyboard.  This gives you the Windows key.

Right-click the Windows key to keep it pressed

Now, with the full keyboard displayed, right-click on Windows key to keep it depressed. It will turn blue.

Last step: Click or type “V”

Presto.  The Windows clipboard will appear without the physical Windows key!

If you’d like to see more about using the Windows Clipboard history, take a gander over here.

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