Windows Timeline - Can I prevent Tracking Activity From Specific Apps?

  1. Posts : 2,805
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    Windows Timeline - Can I prevent Tracking Activity From Specific Apps?

    On occasion I want to go back and find something I was doing earlier in the day or a day or two ago. The timeline is really handy for that. However, it also gets filled up with a bunch of stuff that is useless to me. For example, every time I grab a screenshot with my SnagIt app, it gets logged, every time I watch a video clip with VLC, this also gets logged.

    I was just curious whether there is any way to prevent activity from specific apps of my choosing to NOT be logged just to keep the excess content to a minimum. I've tried researching this and found nothing, but as a last attempt thought that I would try here to see if anyone knows of a way to do this.
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  2. Posts : 8,692
    Mac OS Catalina

    No, it is an all or nothing.
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  3. Posts : 819

    I'm a workaround guy and so pardon me if this is an alternative solution. The over-simplified solution is put anything you're working on at desktop level. The longer version goes like this --

    1. Do not store app shortcuts on your desktop. Put frequent flyers in your taskbar and now and agains in your start menu. Rid your desktop of any app related garbage (installers).

    2. I'm a little OCD but I even moved my recycle bin to the start menu. (That's extra credit if you're game.)

    3. Reserve the left hand side of your screen for 'stuff' you're working on. For me it's individual things. Images and saved webpages mostly. They're kind of 'reminders' of things for me. Almost daily I throw a few of them out.

    Suppose you're house hunting. Well that could start to fill up your desktop, right? And so --

    4. -- on the right hand side I create folders for elaborate projects. Once the project is completed I either move said folder to documents or trash it.

    In this manner I never need to be reminded of what I'm doing. I simply glance at that desktop and say, oh yeah, I wanted a new garden hose.

    Also: my Documents and Downloads folders are more like filing cabinets. I don't really work out of them much. So all downloads head to my desktop first.

    5. Extra extra credit -- I install AUTOHIDEDESKTOPICONS. This hides my desktop items after 12 seconds. In this way I don't have to always look at projects I haven't completed but instead feel like my desk and agenda are 'clean'.
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  4. Posts : 2,805
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
    Thread Starter

    Thanks! Much appreciated.
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