Timeline is a feature extending the original Task View in Windows 10. Timeline activities are linked via your Microsoft account with the cloud, enabling you to browse through your past activities and continue your work from where you left off, On any other Windows PC connected to your Microsoft account. Helping you get back in time to resume your work whatever device your using.
This means if you’re like me, hopping about from machine to machine with the Timeline tracking all the apps, files, and activities on your PC, that you can quickly build up a lot of detail that becomes clutter in your time line. You may want to clear an activity or a set of activities from your Timeline after completing them, to keep a neat and efficient timeline.
Windows lets you clear the Timeline in different ways, such as a specific activity or activities of a specific hour, and activities of a specific day.
Clearing a Specific Activity from Timeline
To clear a specific activity, first open the Timeline by clicking on the “TaskView” icon appearing in the taskbar, in the screenshot its right of the Cortana icon .
After opening Timeline, find the activity you want to clear. You can make use of the search feature on the top-right corner to do so. Once you find the activity you want to delete, right-click on it and simply select the “Remove” option.
You will receive a confirmation dialog box, click on the “Yes” button to clear the activity from the Timeline.
Clear Timeline for a Specific Hour
As you can clear a specific activity, you can also clear all activities logged on a specific hour. In the Timeline, find the day you want to clear the hourly Timeline activities on. Now, click on the “See All Activities” link appearing right next to the date.
Note: if you can’t see the link, that means Windows logged less than ten activities for that day. As such, you cannot delete activities for a specific hour. You can only delete activities of the entire day.
In the next screen, you will see all the Timeline activities of that specific day. Find the hour you want to delete activities from, right-click on any activity under that hour and select the option “Clear all from.” In my case I’m deleting all the activities that are logged at 15:00
You will see a confirmation window. Click on the “Yes” button and the activities for that specific hour will be deleted.
Clear Timeline for a Specific Day
You can also clear all the activities logged on a specific day. This option is useful when you want to bulk-delete activities.
Open Timeline and find the day where you want to delete the activities. If you think the day you were looking for will be at the bottom of the Timeline, use the scroll bar appearing on the right side. It’s much faster and easier compared to using the scroll wheel.
After finding the day you are looking for, right-click on any activity and select the option “Clear all from.” If you’re trying to delete the activities from Today or Yesterday, you will see the option as “Clear all from Earlier Today” and “Clear all from Yesterday.”
In the confirmation window click on the “Yes” button to delete Timeline activities of that day.
Clearing the entire Timeline
Unfortunately, currently theres no option within the Timeline to clear all the activities for last thirty days. However, you can still clear the Timeline activities by clearing the entire Activity History.
Open the settings app. Go to “Privacy -> Activity History.”
For whatever reason, you will not see the Activity History Clear button as long as you are syncing your activities to Microsoft Cloud. To see the button you need to disable syncing and then refresh the Settings page.
Uncheck the checkboxs and I disable the Show activities from these accounts, then simply go to another option in the menu such as “General” and then go back to the “Activity History” tab. Without refreshing the Activity History page, you will now see that a “Clear” button appears
Under the “Clear activity history” section will see the “Clear” button. Click on it.
Click on the “OK” button in the confirmation window.
Don’t forget to reselect the checkboxes and show activity sliders or else you’ll lose access your activities from your other Windows PCs.