The Timeline feature is one of the notable new features of the April 2018 update of Windows 10. The system now offers the ability to view a history of activities conducted on its PC. This allows you to keep track of your tasks, but also to easily access the latest version of a document, to the web pages visited a few hours ago, or even several days ago, but also to pass from one PC to another by continuing his tasks without breaking.

Windows 10 Timeline

Some have been able to install it before everyone else, but it’s finally here the update “April 2018” of Windows 10 . Timeline , the new OS feature replaces the traditional task viewer icon located to the right of the Cortana search bar. What is it used for and how to use it?

Timeline: all about the new Windows 10 history feature

Timeline is a time machine, a new benchmark for Windows 10 users to view the history of their activities over several days . It is a priori difficult to distinguish what differentiates this feature from the Task View (view of tasks) which allowed to have an overview of all tasks running on the PC. But the difference here is that even closed applications are still accessible in the history. And even when the computer is rebooted.

It is also possible to allow Timeline to keep the activity log in the cloud and not on the storage or in the RAM of the PC, which has several advantages. Already, the multi-platform aspect that allows the user to access the history of its activities even when changing PC . But of course you have to be logged on to Windows 10 with your Microsoft account and have access to the Internet.

For professionals, this feature can be very useful because it allows you to start a task on your desktop PC and find it easily on the personal computer at home at any time.

How to enable or disable Timeline

If you have the latest spring update of Windows 10, you do not need to activate Timeline since it is by default . To use it, just click on the icon to the right of the search bar Cortana, on the left side of the taskbar. The screen that is displayed is actually not that different from the overview of open tasks, as it was in earlier versions of the system.

Windows 10 Timeline

You always have access to all the tasks running on the PC. Just below, you have a section: “Earlier today,” which is the starting point for your timeline. You can trace the history of your activities over 30 days.

Disable Timeline

To disable Timeline and keep a log of your activities, you must go through the privacy options of Windows 10. Go to Settings> Privacy. In the menu on the left, go to the “Activity History” tab.

You have two options to manage the activation and deactivation of Timeline. Check / uncheck the first box “Allow Windows 10 to collect my activities on this PC” to enable or disable Timeline on the computer.

The second option “Allow Windows to Synchronize my activities on this PC with the Cloud” allows you to enable or disable the retention of the history of your activities on Microsoft servers. If the box is unchecked, you will not be able to enjoy the multi-terminal aspect of Timeline.

Finally, let’s note that Timeline essentially works with Microsoft applications for the moment: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other applications of the Office suite, Microsoft Edge for the history of open pages on the web, etc. Also note that the feature ignores the history of changes in a document, but keeps the latest version saved.