How to increase the size of the clipboard

The Windows Clipboard is a temporary data storage application that allows you to transfer text and graphics between multiple programs. For instance, if you want to use text from a Notepad document in Microsoft Word, you simply copy the text from Notepad and paste it into Word. Most Windows users have few issues with the amount of data transferred between applications; however, if you attempt to move large amounts of text or graphics, you might see "Virtual Memory" errors. Windows uses "Virtual Memory" to store the contents of the Clipboard. Therefore, increasing the amount of "Virtual Memory" in Windows also increases the size of the Clipboard.

Click the "Start" button. Type "sysdm.cpl" into the search box and press the "Enter" key.

Click the "Advanced" tab in the "System Properties" window. Click the "Settings" button under the "Performance" label header.

Click the "Advanced" tab in the "Performance Options" window. Under the "Virtual Memory" header, click the "Change..." button.

Clear the check box next to the "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives" option. This disables automatic "Virtual Memory" settings in Windows.

Enter a value for the size of the new paging file. Enter a value larger than the current paging file size in the "Maximum Size" field (enter the value in megabytes). Click the "Set" button and then "OK."

Restart the computer for the new "Virtual Memory" settings to take effect. The Windows Clipboard now stores more data when copying and pasting between applications.


Although adjusting the "Virtual Memory" settings in Windows does increase the storage capacity of the Clipboard, adding more RAM to your computer will accomplish the same thing. More RAM will also increase the performance and speed of your computer when multitasking with several applications.

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Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.