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Timeline is now available in Windows 10 starting with build 17063.

It can be difficult to get back to stuff you were working on in the past. You might sometimes forget which site or app you were using or where you saved a file. Now you can finally close apps without worrying—with Timeline, you can get right back to where you left off.

Timeline introduces a new way to resume past activities you started on this PC, other Windows PCs, and iOS/Android devices. Timeline enhances Task View, allowing you to switch between currently running apps and past activities.

In Timeline, a user activity is the combination of a specific app and a specific piece of content you were working on at a specific time. Each activity links right back to a webpage, document, article, playlist, or task, saving you time when you want to resume that activity later.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Timeline feature in Task View for all accounts on a Windows 10 PC.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable Timeline.
Note   Note
Disabling Timeline will clear the activity history of all users from the PC.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Enable or Disable Timeline in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Timeline using a REG file


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Enable or Disable Timeline in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Timeline in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Timeline in Local Group Policy Editor

Note   Note
Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option TWO below.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\OS Policies

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3. In the right pane of OS Policies in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Enables Activity Feed policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Timeline

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Enabled​ (recommended), click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Timeline

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Enable or Disable Timeline in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Timeline in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Timeline using a REG file

Note   Note
The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

EnableActivityFeed DWORD

0 = Disable
1 = Enable

1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Timeline

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Timeline.reg

download


 3. To Disable Timeline

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Timeline.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn