Windows 10 Timeline

Have you checked out Windows 10’s new Timeline feature yet? Let’s take a look at how it works.

To access Timeline, click the little icon of stacked squares next to your search box on the Taskbar. Or press the Window Key + the Tab key.

A screen will open. At the top, is your current activity.

You can move down and see previous activity using the scroll bar at the right, the scroll wheel on your mouse, the arrow key, or by swiping down on a touchscreen device.


Move down and you’ll see your activity from earlier in the day and for up to three days previously. This can be documents, images, web pages, or apps. Just click on any of the activities displayed to see them.


Choose All activities next to the time to see everything you’ve been up to.

Activities will then display in blocks by time. This is a great way to find something you were looking at online or just can remember. Or an image you viewed, but can’t remember the name of.


To search for an activity, click the magnifying glass in the upper right corner.


Type in what you’re looking for.


All the recent instances will display. You can use this to find a document or image.


Or a topic. In this case, I’ve returned images, websites, and documents from the Chrome topic.


The search goes back three days. If you choose to, you can sync timeline across devices and go back even more. Check out the privacy statement to learn how Microsoft uses that information.


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