Last Updated on February 28, 2019
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Windows 10 collects a history of what you have done, including the files you have opened and the web pages you have viewed in Edge. You can disable this function and delete activities from the Task view. The Timeline has been added with the April 2018 update of Windows 10. It can synchronize your activities between your PCs, but you must enable the synchronization function. By default, Windows stores your activity history on your own PC.
The Windows 10 Timeline helps you access activities you have edited in the past, but if the function does not suit you, you can disable it.
You can access the Timeline experience in at least two different ways. You can click on the New Task View button in the taskbar or use the Windows shortcut + tab.
To disable synchronization of activities on the Timeline:
To disable the timeline, you must disable the activity history on Windows 10.
- Open Settings.
- Click on Privacy.
- Click on Activity History.
- Disable the Allow Windows to collect my activities from this PC option.
- Disable the Allow Windows to synchronize my activities from this PC to the cloud option.
- Under “Show activities from accounts”, disable toggle for all your accounts.
- Switch to another settings page, then return to the Activity History page to refresh the page and make the option to clear the history available.
- Under Clear Activity History, click the Clear button.
- Click on the OK button to confirm.
Use of Microsoft’s privacy website
In the Delete Activity History section, you can choose whether or not to delete your account history. To manage and delete all your history, click on the “Manage my Microsoft account activity data” link. You will then be redirected to the Microsoft Privacy website, where you may be asked to log in. Once in your account, go to the Activity History page.
Here you can see the data collected by application and service, language, search, navigation, media and location. However, you can still access Microsoft’s privacy settings for your account and do so directly from there, even if you are not on your PC.
Microsoft has made it clear here that the information displayed on this page is the most important personal information it stores with your MS account to improve your experience with products and services. So if you use the Timeline and have multiple PCs, it’s actually a great experience.
Use of the Registry
1: Press Windows + R, type regedit and press Enter.
2: Navigate or type in the address bar:
3: If you find a key named “PublishUserActivities”, double-click it and change the value to 0 (hexadecimal).
If you do not see this key, simply create it by right-clicking on an empty area in this window and selecting New > MOT (32 bits).
The timeline function of the Windows 10 April 2018 update or later may be useful for some users. However, at the moment, it is rather naked, and there is a lack of detailed controls on what is stored in the timeline and what is not. Moreover, developer support is not the best. Before finishing this tutorial, tell us why you have disabled the Timeline on Windows 10. Comment below and let us discuss it.
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