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HP PCs - Using Timeline and Snap (Windows 10)

This document applies to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
This document describes how to use the Windows Timeline and Snap productivity features. Use Timeline to find and resume activities on your desktop or organize activities with Virtual Desktops. Use Snap to quickly arrange open windows on the desktop so you can view and interact with more than one activity at a time.
About Windows Timeline
Windows Timeline helps you find and resume activities you were working on within the last 30 days, or activities currently open on the computer. You can also find and resume activities that have been synced across your Windows devices, or create Virtual Desktops, allowing you to sort and organize activities according to your needs.
Enable the Windows Timeline feature
The Windows 10 April 2018 Update enables Windows Timeline by default. However, you might need to enable Windows Timeline manually, depending on your privacy or corporate settings.
  1. In Windows, search for and open Activity history privacy settings.
    Click on 'Activity history privacy settings' in the list of results.
  2. Click the checkbox next to Let Windows collect my activities from this PC.
    Windows Timeline is enabled.
    Select 'Let Windows collect my activities from this PC'
Use Windows Timeline to resume, find, or remove activities
Use Windows Time to quickly find, resume, or remove current or previous activities you were working on within the last 30 days. You can also access activities from other devices when signed in to your Microsoft account.
On the taskbar, click the Task View icon , or press and hold the Windows and Tab keys at the same time.
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If you have a multi-monitor setup, the open windows display only on their respective monitors. For example, if you have two monitors in extended display and you click the Task View icon, the open windows on Display 1 are arranged in Timeline on that monitor, while the open windows on display 2 are arranged in Timeline on that monitor.
Recent activities  display in Windows Timeline
Video of managing activities in Windows Timeline
Use Virtual Desktops in Windows Timeline
Windows Timeline gives you the option to create Virtual Desktops where you can organize and arrange your activities to best suit your needs. For example, if you want to have your open work activities on one desktop and personal or entertainment activities open on another, Virtual Desktops can help you organize accordingly.
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You can use Virtual Desktops to quickly access activities, but not other Windows desktop features. If you make separate configuration changes to the desktop environment, such as changing the desktop background, pinning an app to the taskbar, or adding a desktop icon, those changes display in all other Virtual Desktops.
Snap activities from Windows Timeline
Snap is a productivity feature designed to make multitasking and viewing multiple windows on your screen easier. For example, you can chat, browse the web, listen to music, and use a spreadsheet simultaneously. You can snap up to four activities to the left, right, top, or bottom sides of the screen.
Activity snapped to the left of the screen
Video of using Snap in Windows 10
Change Snap settings
You can change Snap to select the location of a snap, resize windows when you snap them, or suggest other apps to snap to the desktop.
  1. In Windows, search for and open Settings.
  2. From the Settings screen, select System.
    Windows Settings screen with System highlighted
  3. From the System screen, select Multitasking.
    System screen with Multitasking highlighted
    The Multitasking screen displays.
    Location of Snap options in Multitasking
  4. Toggle the sliders On or Off to change your options.
    • Arrange windows automatically by dragging them to the sides or corners of the screen: Windows enables Snap by default. To disable Snap, move the slider to Off
    • When I snap a window, automatically size it to fill available space: When you snap an activity and resize it, the next activity you snap fills the remaining space on the screen. Turn off this option if you prefer a Snap to always snap the next activity to one-half or one-quarter of the screen, even if you resize the first activity.
    • When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it: After you snap the first activity, Snap automatically suggests other open activities by displaying the activities as tiles in the remaining desktop space. Turn off this option if you prefer to view your desktop without suggested apps.
    • When I resize a snapped window, simultaneously resize any adjacent snapped window: This function is for two snapped activities side-by-side. Expand or contract an activity and watch the other activity resize accordingly.

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