1. Gamely Lounges's Avatar
    Hi,

    Is Timeline / Task View able to display my recently opened files (excel, powerpoint, etc)?

    The list of activities that it shows for me is incredibly limited ... hardly anything in the list. How can I add/remove types of activities/files that are listed?

    (I have searched but found very little info on it)

    Thanks!
    Gamely Lounges
    04-04-2019 10:27 AM
  2. spicypadthai's Avatar
    Yes, it works for Office files. Have you tried searching your timeline for "Excel" or "Powerpoint" or something in the file name?
    04-06-2019 10:11 AM
  3. Gamely Lounges's Avatar
    Nopes.
    I searched for *.pptx
    And I searched for a word in the file name.
    And, anyway, I can clearly see just by scrolling that i really only have a bunch of edge browser history in the timeline and nothing else!
    04-08-2019 04:08 PM
  4. heyanil673's Avatar
    No, Taskbar doesn't show the files which you've recently created or on you are working because it's just to show your opened application on which you are working or which is opened on that time. But you can add Excel, Powerpoint or some other applications which you want on your Taskbar easily by just dragging the application to taskbar which you want there.
    04-09-2019 07:42 AM
  5. spicypadthai's Avatar
    No, Taskbar doesn't show the files which you've recently created or on you are working because it's just to show your opened application on which you are working or which is opened on that time. But you can add Excel, Powerpoint or some other applications which you want on your Taskbar easily by just dragging the application to taskbar which you want there.
    The question is about Timeline, accessed via Task View on the task bar. It's not whether recent files can be pinned to the task bar. So the answer is yes, Office files can be accessed in Timeline, as you can see in the image below. Not sure why the OP isn't seeing them. Only thing I can think of is there's no MS account signed in.

    timeline-excel.jpg
    04-09-2019 08:38 AM
  6. Gamely Lounges's Avatar
    @spicypadthai (so spicy, ow!) you are on the right track. in your timeline i see your excel file. *that* is what i want to get working on my computer. i want to be able to see my recent files.

    somehow i think my privacy settings are interfering. i also am not able to add "recent files" into the quick access (or whatever its called) in the File Explorer. i think sometime in the past, i set my computer to not show recently accessed files.

    thanks
    Gamely Lounges
    04-10-2019 08:22 AM
  7. spicypadthai's Avatar
    @spicypadthai (so spicy, ow!) you are on the right track. in your timeline i see your excel file. *that* is what i want to get working on my computer. i want to be able to see my recent files.

    somehow i think my privacy settings are interfering. i also am not able to add "recent files" into the quick access (or whatever its called) in the File Explorer. i think sometime in the past, i set my computer to not show recently accessed files.

    thanks
    Gamely Lounges
    To check/update your "recent files" settings, open File Explorer > View > Options

    recent-files-settings.jpg
    04-10-2019 08:35 AM
  8. Gamely Lounges's Avatar
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    i can check both boxes and hit apply.
    but when i close and return to the folder options, i see that the "show recently used" always gets UNCHECKED.
    04-11-2019 09:00 AM
  9. spicypadthai's Avatar
    Are these 2 options enabled? And is there at least 1 MS account listed below the settings, turned on to show activities in your timeline? Go to All Setttings > Privacy > Activity history

    activity-history-settings.jpg
    04-11-2019 09:25 AM
  10. Gamely Lounges's Avatar
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    yes i have those checked
    i appreciate your ongoing attempts to help!
    04-12-2019 10:45 AM
  11. Gamely Lounges's Avatar
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    think i found the solution. this is a similar but different way and place to adjust the display of your recent files. now that i've turned that ON, i see that from File Explorer > Options ... the option is now CHECKED.

    so one mystery is solved. i'm now going to test to see if it starts populating recent files into my timeline.
    04-12-2019 10:53 AM
  12. Gamely Lounges's Avatar
    Success!
    04-15-2019 08:00 PM

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