How to Add or Remove Task View / Timeline to Taskbar in Windows 10

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The exciting new Timeline feature that was introduced in the recent Windows April Update can be accessed via the Task View button from taskbar or by pressing the “Windows Key + Tab”.

If the Task View button doesn’t show up on your taskbar, or if you just want to remove it from the taskbar, here’s a guide on how to add or remove the Task View button to or from the taskbar in Windows 10.

Add/Remove Task View or Timeline to Taskbar via context menu

It’s comparably easy to add the task view button to taskbar via the taskbar context menu. You may have just missed it. Here’s how.

  1. Right click on your taskbar.
  2. From the context menu, click on Show Task View button.
  3. A tick icon beside Show Task View button means the Task View button is already added to your taskbar.
  4. To remove Task View/ Timeline from taskbar, simply uncheck the Show Task View button.add or remove task view timeline taskbar win10

Even if you choose to hide the task view from the taskbar, you can still access to Task view via the keyboard shortcut key – Windows Key + Tab.

If there is no option to show or hide Task View from the taskbar context menu, proceed to the next method.

Show or hide Task View / Timeline on Taskbar using registry

Use this method only if the first method above doesn’t work for you. Create a system restore point just in case when things go wrong if you make a mistake when you edit the registry, you can restore your Windows.

  1. Go to Start Menu. Type regedit and open it.
  2. From the left pane, browse to the following registry path.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  3. In the right panel, look for the ShowTaskViewButton DWORD.
  4. Double click it and make sure the value is set to 1 if you want to show it on your Taskbar, or set the value to 0 if you want to hide it instead.add show task view timeline button on taskbar windows 10
  5. Restart your computer.

Do you know you can also add Task View or Timeline to your desktop context menu?

If you want to make accessing to the Task View even more easier, you can add it to your desktop context menu (right click anywhere on your desktop). As usual, create a system restore point as a backup in case things go wrong. Here’s how to do it.

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  1. Go to Start, then type regedit to open Registry Editor.
  2. Browse to the following registry path.
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell
  3. Under the Shell key, you need to create a sub-key under it. Right click Shell. Select New, then Key. Name the new key TaskView.
  4. Under TaskView, create another sub-key under it. Right click the newly created TaskView key. Select New, then Key. Name the new key Command.
  5. Click on the Command key. In the right panel, double click on Default string value.
  6. Enter the following to the value data.
    explorer shell:::{3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}

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  7. Click OK.

Now you should be able to see the Task View option on the context menu which can be accessed when you right click anywhere on your desktop.

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