Does Win 10 or Edge have a "Computer" History Capability like 7/IE?

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    Does Win 10 or Edge have a "Computer" History Capability like 7/IE?


    Background: One element of Windows 7 Internet Explorer that I have found very useful on occasion is the fact that, in addition to websites, the History function also includes the item "Computer" for each date. So if I want to see what "documents" (e.g., Word document, mp4 video) that I opened, say, 27 days or 200 days ago, I can easily do so there. Fyi, the "document" doesn't have to reside in a document folder, e.g., if I use Notepad to open a text README in a program folder, that will show in the History too. This information is populated by the History folder at C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows. (To see this folder, Windows Explorer's Folder Options must have "Show hidden files, folders, or drives" selected; and "Hide protected operating system files" UN-selected.)

    Now to the question, as I anticipate my move to 10: Does Windows 10 (which of course doesn't have IE) have a similar way to look at history of which computer-resident documents have been opened, and when? I have read about a way to access Recent Documents in Windows 10, but my understanding is that that is capped at 50 documents, when the history I am talking about has many thousands of entries. I have also read about a Windows 10 "file history" capability that allows you to back up old versions of files to external media, but that isn't what I'm looking for either.

    I'm hoping to hear that either Edge or Windows 10 has a similar kind of History function and/or folder that includes opened computer *documents* -- not just websites. Based on Googling I'm not hopeful, but thought I should ask. If not available, is there any external program that could accomplish the same (perhaps even one that is intended for security, even though that's not why I want it)? Thanks.
    Last edited by Rick1441; 1 Week Ago at 16:38.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Hi Rick1441. Welcome to the TenForums @Rick1441

    Have you click Task view in the task bar?

    Think this what you are looking for. At least the documents I accessed are there.


    Ken



    and Windows 10 does have IE. Type Internet Explorer in Cortana search bar and it should be there. You may have to install feature.

    (Click Start, start typing Control Panel, click green word "Programs", click turn on or turn off Windows feature, add a check mark for IE11)
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    Hi Caledon Ken.

    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I don't have Windows 10 yet (I am planning ahead to avoid surprises). Does the Task view you mention include thousands of documents, in chronological order? (My Win 7 Computer history currently shows all documents I have accessed in the last 46 weeks.)
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    Timeline via task view shows up to 30 days of activities: Get help with timeline

    How to Open and Use Timeline in Windows 10

    For me at present that means about 6,800 activities (web pages browsed or Office documents opened) which can be scrolled through or searched.
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    Thanks, NMI. That could get me much of what I want, since at least half of the history I'd want is probably from the past 30 days.

    But what about non-Office documents -- including pics or videos? If, say, 15 days ago I used Explorer to locate a video file and launched it from Explorer using VLC player, would a record of accessing that video show up in my Timeline?
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  6. Posts : 116
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    Rick1441 said: View Post
    But what about non-Office documents -- including pics or videos.? If, say, 15 days ago I used Explorer to locate a video file and launched it from Explorer using VLC player, would a record of accessing that video show up in my Timeline?
    Probably not.

    From the "Get help with timeline" link, "Some of my activities are missing" section:

    "Itís important to note that not all apps support timeline yet, but developers are hard at work creating high-quality activity cards for it.
    In the meantime, youíll see activities in your timeline from opening files in apps like Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote), or browsing the web in Microsoft Edge."
    (Other browsers with an add-on like Web Activities for Chromium/Chrome or Timeline Support for Firefox.)
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    Rick1441 said: View Post
    I'm hoping to hear that either Edge or Windows 10 has a similar kind of History function and/or folder that includes opened computer *documents*...
    Rick1441 said: View Post
    Unfortunately I don't have Windows 10 yet (I am planning ahead to avoid surprises)....

    Every app (including your VLC you mentioned) has its own individual jumplist of recently opened documents. This can be enabled or disabled in Settings,



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    To access an app's jumplist, right-click on it in the All Apps list in Start, on its tile in Start, or if you have pinned it to the taskbar on its icon there.

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    Thanks, but that seems basically the same as what I've already got in 7. That function is of some use, but would be kind of an unwieldy way to get at opened-file history, even if there was a registry hack to greatly increase the number of items (and thus days) in the jump lists.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Don't know if it's correct, but the opening post in a year-old Reddit thread I found, "All the Apps that work with Timeline!," seems to indicate that *any* file will show up in Timeline as long as it is opened from Explorer, instead of navigated to from "within the app" (presumably meaning *unsupported* app?):

    "UWP and Win32: If you open any file via Explorer, it will be added on Timeline. But if you navigate within the App to open any file, like in case of Movies & TV, if you open any video from within the App, it won't be visible on the timeline."

    (I already attempted make this post this along with a link and it was held for moderation. But I have a feeling I inserted the link incorrectly anyway.)
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  9. Ztruker's Avatar
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    When I look at C:\Users\xxxxxxxx\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History I see this:

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    Each folder has one or multiple entries that sound like what you described for Windows 7, so I'd say yes, it's available with Windows 10 too.
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    Ztruker said: View Post
    When I look at C:\Users\xxxxxxxx\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History I see this:

    Each folder has one or multiple entries that sound like what you described for Windows 7, so I'd say yes, it's available with Windows 10 too.
    Thank you! Now we're getting somewhere! Just to be sure, when you say "one or multiple entries that sound like what you described for Windows 7," are you referring to "documents" that you opened on that date, e.g. an Office document or a jpeg? (In Windows 7 I have to first click on Computer within the date before that listing appears.) Thanks again.
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