Windows 10: Where are 'Favorites' and 'Recent places' in file explorer?

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  1.    17 Aug 2015 #11

    Need more help on this topic, please...


    My problem is that I WANT the explorer to show recent FILES. It already shows frequent FOLDERS. When I go to View-->Options-->General-->Privacy and check the box that says "Show recently used files in Quick access," and I close the Options window, hit "apply" and then "okay." and then re-open the options window, the box is unchecked.

    When I choose "Restore Defaults," both boxes now show check marks. Good. I close the Options window and re-open it and only the "show folders" box is checked. The "show files" box will not stay checked.

    At no time do "Recent files" show up in the Quick Access window. Frequent FOLDERS do show up, but I want to go to recent files (documents). I used this feature all the time in Win7. Grrr.

    I tried the solution proposed by tdroz (finding the recent items icon and pinning it to Quick Access) but still no recent items appear in the Quick Access window. I'm assuming "recent items" are (for example) documents you recently created or edited?

    Can someone help me with this? Thx. (My first post in this forum. Hi! )
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  2.    31 Aug 2015 #12

    Overthemoon - I am with you. The Recent File tools was often helpful to me too. The following URL worked for me...
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  3.    12 Sep 2015 #13

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    tallonius said: View Post
    Much as I like Windows 10 (despite an unnecessarily difficult installation), I'm horrified to find that they have apparently abandoned the 'Favorites' and 'Recent places' folders - which I used constantly and had grown to love.


    Are they hiding them somewhere? Is there a way to restore/find them? Have I missed something obvious?


    (I can't believe that they would be so stupid as to get rid of them: 'recent files' and 'Frequent folders' are good, but not quite as useful...).
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  4.    12 Sep 2015 #14

    I found this YouTube posting helpful to correct this issue. good luck!

    Windows 10 Tip Add Frequent Folders Recent Folders Back to Quick Links - YouTube

    tallonius said: View Post
    Much as I like Windows 10 (despite an unnecessarily difficult installation), I'm horrified to find that they have apparently abandoned the 'Favorites' and 'Recent places' folders - which I used constantly and had grown to love.


    Are they hiding them somewhere? Is there a way to restore/find them? Have I missed something obvious?


    (I can't believe that they would be so stupid as to get rid of them: 'recent files' and 'Frequent folders' are good, but not quite as useful...).
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  5.    12 Sep 2015 #15

    Have a windows 8 pc. Sign into it with an ms account. Change the number of jump list items in the taskbar settings. Sync these account settings to your Windows 10 machine.
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  6. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro (unfortunately)
       17 Sep 2015 #16

    Looks like I have a deeper problem than this. I have no folders or other items in Quick Access. None of the fixes in another thread work (they appear to be applied; I don't get any error notices). File Explorer Quick Access has Recent Folders pinned but it vanishes.. - Windows 10 Forums Whenever I try to add recent folders I either get (folder) already exists, the request is not supported, or a (blank) already exists error message. I can't drag & drop any folders to Quick Access (which I have been doing since Vista). I tried the YouTube suggestion (users, username, links, drag to Quick Access) and nothing works. So now I have nothing in Quick Access except for Recent Files.
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  7.    18 Sep 2015 #17

    jsmonroe said: View Post
    It is not just a name change - there is "frequent folders" and "recent files" --- there is not "recent folders"

    There are only a few folders when you right click on the taskbar icon - previous Windows had a longer list under the "Recent Places" folder
    Not sure if you've solved this problem yet, but I had it too until I came across https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html which did the trick! I used Option2 and it works perfectly.
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  8. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro (unfortunately)
       18 Sep 2015 #18

    Brilliant! I like the idea that it isn't in the Quick Access, but one silly question, can you move it to the top of the list where Quick Access is? That's what I liked about Win 7, recent and favorites were right at the top when I opened explorer. Why oh why did they feel the need to screw up something so intuitive and time saving?
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  9. Posts : 52
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       02 Jan 2016 #19

    I've posted reg files to add Recent Folders and Favorites(Links) to the Navigation pane.

    Add Recent Folders and/or Links/Favorites to Navigation Pane

    Keith
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  10. Posts : 558
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
       02 Jan 2016 #20

    tallonius said: View Post
    Much as I like Windows 10 (despite an unnecessarily difficult installation), I'm horrified to find that they have apparently abandoned the 'Favorites' and 'Recent places' folders - which I used constantly and had grown to love.


    Are they hiding them somewhere? Is there a way to restore/find them? Have I missed something obvious?


    (I can't believe that they would be so stupid as to get rid of them: 'recent files' and 'Frequent folders' are good, but not quite as useful...).
    If you use Start 10 or Classic Shell, you can create a Windows 7 style Start Menu and then tell those items to show there. It's what I did. I programmed a few keys to pop up the Win 10 Start Menu too, so I have both, I like Start10 more than Classic Shell.
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