Windows 10 is known to collect various types of data about your behavior using the operating system, such as the websites you visit, location, speech, apps, and device usage and health.
Although you’ve been able to control some of the data Microsoft collects about your device, there has been also concerns among users about a built-in “keylogger” as Windows 10 also collects typing data to improve next word prediction, spelling collection, and autocorrection.
Starting with Windows 10 version 1803 (Spring Creators Update), Microsoft is updating the privacy settings, and it’s introducing an new option to disable inking and typing recognition that allows you to opt-out of this experience.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to stop Windows 10 from collecting handwriting and typing data that Microsoft uses to improve language recognition and word suggestions on the Spring Creators Update.
How to disable inking and typing recognition on Windows 10
On Windows 10 version 1803, you can now disable the built keylogger feature to prevent your device from sending typing data to Microsoft. Here’s how to do it.
Click on Privacy.
Click on Diagnostic & feedback.
Turn off the Improve inking & typing recognition toggle switch.
Once you’ve completed the steps, Windows 10 will no longer collect and send your inking and typing data to Microsoft.
However, your device will continue to send other telemetry data to Microsoft. If you want to see the information that has been sent out, or you want to delete it, check out this guide.
If you don’t see these options, it’s likely because you’re not running the latest version of Windows 10. These privacy options available starting with version 1803 (Spring Creators Update), which is expected to launch as a free update on April 10, 2018.