Windows 10 has fast gained one-fourth of market share in less than two years after launch. But, there’s one thing most users aren’t aware of. And that is the secret logging of every key press you make on your Windows 10 device.

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With Windows 10 Creators update just around the corner, it’s high time you learn about this privacy setting.

From the very first day of Windows 10 launch, a secret keyboard logger is enabled by default. Microsoft says the feature when enabled, help them learn “your typing and handwriting info to improve typing and writing services”. All this came to limelight once again with a Reddit post. And now, users are looking into ways of disabling the logging feature.

According to one user, the feature was again enabled after the last update and noted, “They change all these settings back every time there’s a major Windows update..”

Another Redditor added, “Can confirm. I also turned everything off at install, and this setting was on just now.”

Obviously, not are all thrilled about Microsoft’s secret feature and want to learn how the same can be disabled. And in this very post, we are here to help you out on the subject.

Disabling Keypress Auto-logging feature

To do so, you need to click Start, and then select Settings

Go to Privacy and click General

Now to turn the feature off you are required to turn off “Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future“.

In case, you want to turn off speech recognition and clear the data stored, it’s just the same.

You have to select Start, then Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing.

You then have to choose “Stop getting to know me“.

While we don’t advocate that Microsoft has some ill intentions behind the said feature, it’s always better to know what’s happening, and how to stop it if required.

  • Tim Onstad

    Old news. This has been reported since Windows 10 was released to the public.

    Its just another ‘spyware’ feature of Windows 10, in terms of system security, its an absolute disaster, no system should have a keylogger built in.