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How to Exclude Folders from File History in Windows 10

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File History was first introduced in Windows 8, and has been improved in Windows 10.

You can use File History to automatically back up versions of your files on a schedule to a location you select to save to. You can select to save backups to an internal hard drive, externally connected drive (ex: USB drive), or you can save to a drive on a network. You can add, remove, and exclude folders to be backed up by File History.

Over time, you'll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove folders to be excluded from being backed up by File History for your account in Windows 10.

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Making new backups with File History is no longer supported starting with Windows 10 build 16215.

You can still restore files from an existing File History backup though.

File History will eventually be replaced by a new feature called Timeline.

Update: File History is back in Windows 10 build 16226.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Add Folders to be Excluded by File History in Settings
  • Option Two: To Remove Folders from being Excluded by File History in Settings
  • Option Three: To Add Folders to be Excluded by File History in Control Panel
  • Option Four: To Remove Folders from being Excluded by File History in Control Panel





Exclude Folders from File History in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Exclude Folders from File History in Windows 10
To Add Folders to be Excluded by File History in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

2. Click/tap on Backup on the left side, and click/tap on the More options on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Scroll down to the Exclude these folders section, and click/tap on Add a folder. (see screenshot below)

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4. Browse to and select a drive, folder, or library you want to exclude, and click/tap on Choose this folder. (see screenshot below)

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5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 above if you want to exclude any other folders.

6. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.(see screenshot below)

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Exclude Folders from File History in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Exclude Folders from File History in Windows 10
To Remove Folders from being Excluded by File History in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

2. Click/tap on Backup on the left side, and click/tap on the More options link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Scroll down to the Exclude these folders section, and click/tap on an excluded folder you no longer want to be excluded. (see screenshot below)

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4. Click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 above if you want to remove any other folders from being excluded.

6. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






Exclude Folders from File History in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Exclude Folders from File History in Windows 10
To Add Folders to be Excluded by File History in Control Panel

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the File History icon.

2. Click/tap on the Exclude folders link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on the Add button. (see screenshot below)

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4. Browse to and select a drive, folder, or library you want to exclude, and click/tap on Select folder. (see screenshot below)

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5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 above if you want to exclude any other folders.

6. When finished, click/tap on Save changes to apply. (see screenshot below)

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7. You can now close the File History Control Panel if you like.






Exclude Folders from File History in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Exclude Folders from File History in Windows 10
To Remove Folders from being Excluded by File History in Control Panel

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the File History icon.

2. Click/tap on the Exclude folders link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Select an excluded folder you no longer want to be excluded, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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4. Repeat step 3 above if you want to remove any other folders from being excluded.

5. When finished, click/tap on Save changes to apply. (see screenshot below)

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6. You can now close the File History Control Panel if you like.



That's it,
Shawn