How to Use Windows 10’s Timeline Feature

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Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
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December 24, 2017 11:00 am

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Your web browser keeps a history of every web page you visit so you can easily go back to something you saw before. So why not have your operating system keep track of every file you’ve worked on? As of Insider Build 17063, released in December 2017, Windows 10 has a new feature called Timeline which keeps track of every file you open and every web page you’ve visited (in Edge browser only).

Timeline

To use Timeline:

1. Press the Timeline button, which appears to the right of the search box. Or hit Windows + Tab.

timeline button

A list of all currently-open tasks appears at the top of the screen. Below that is your timeline of activity.

2. Scroll down to see files / sites you opened.

scroll down

 

3. Use the search box to find a particular file.

 search

4. Click on a file or web page to open it.

click on a file to open it

Timeline provides a good way to remember what you were working on and get back to it days or even weeks later. However, it only displays web pages that you visited in Edge Browser so, if you use Chrome or Firefox, you’ll have to look at the browser history for that information.

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Avram Piltch

Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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