File Explorer Quick Access has Recent Folders pinned but it vanishes.. Solved

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  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro 32 bit
       03 Jul 2016 #11

    SBYH said: View Post
    On Part 1 of your solution for Recent Folders, I am getting the message from the Command Prompt, "The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect." Is there a correction I should apply?

    Part 1 doesn't mention 'command prompt' which one normally assumes means, the black and white text dialogue you get after entering 'cmd' into the RUN box.
    Are you sure you pasted that 'shell:::{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}' string into the RUN box?
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  2. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Enterprise
       28 Aug 2016 #12

    You're a Genius--EXACTLY What I Needed...Thanks!

    Perfect help....and outstanding instructions...very clear.

    ThePhinx said: View Post
    You can "Pin to Quick Access" the "Recent" folder in Windows 10. But the "Recent" folder is hidden when you "Save As" from an application, which is very annoying. So here is the fix to get Recent Items showing in Save As dialog boxes:

    1) Optional step: In File Explorer, if you have already pinned the "Recent" folder to Quick Access, right-click "Recent" and select "Unpin from Quick Access"

    2) Start a Command Prompt
    3) Copy and paste the entire following line into the Command Prompt, and then press Enter:
    mklink /j "%USERPROFILE%\Recent Items" %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

    4) Close the Command Prompt window
    5) Back to File Explorer, either click on your Username under Desktop, or browse to C:\Users\<username>
    6) You'll notice there is a new yellow shortcut named "Recent Items". Right-click it and choose "Pin to Quick Access"
    7) "Recent Items" will now appear under Quick Access.

    8) "Recent Items" will also now appear under Quick Access when you use the "Save As" dialog box from any Windows 10 application.

    All done!

    - ThePhinx
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  3. Posts : 11
    64 bit windows 10 pro
       16 Oct 2016 #13

    ThePhinx said: View Post
    I agree that showing only "Recent Folders" is better and less cluttered than the "Recent Items" in Windows 10. I can tell you that Recent Folders exists in Windows 10, but it is hidden and needs to be revived.

    Part 1: How to get Recent Folders displaying in Windows 10 permanently:

    1) Start a Run dialog box by either right-clicking the Start button and choose Run, or by pressing the WinKey + R keys.

    2) Copy and paste the following line into the Run dialog box, then press Enter:

    3) File Explorer will open and display the "Recent folders". You'll see that it is located below the Recycled Bin on the left hand side of the screen.

    4) Right-click "Recent folders" and select "Pin to Quick Access". You can also select "Pin to Start" if you want. When you close File Explorer "Recent folders" will remove itself from below the Recycled Bin, but will remain under Quick Access.

    5) You can drag the Recent folders to any position under Quick Access now.

    Part 2: The simple way to get Recent Folders working in Save As dialog boxes in Windows 10:

    Recent Folders in Windows 10 has now been revived, but just like the "Recent Items" folder, by default it is hidden from Save As dialog boxes in Windows 10. (I've already posted a fix today - August 29, 2015 - to get Recent Items working in Save As dialog boxes for Windows 10 which you can find posted here and here.) Below is the first of two ways I've now figured out to get the Recent Folders to appear in "Save As" dialog boxes:

    1) Within a Save As dialog box, right-click the folder name at the top and to the left of the search box. Now select "Edit Address". The path should turn into text and become highlighted blue.

    2) Replace the highlighted text by copying and pasting the following line, and then press Enter:

    Now you can save inside one of your recent folders!

    Part 3: How to enable Recent Folders to work in Save As dialog boxes in Windows 10 permanently:

    Important: The following steps are for advanced users only. It changes key permissions and settings in the registry. I've decided to share this because people are asking for it, and I spent the time to figure it out. Proceed at your own risk.

    Below are the steps for the second and permanent way to get Recent Folders to work in Save As dialog boxes in Windows 10.

    1) Perform a System Restore point backup of C drive prior to starting

    2) Complete all the steps in "Part 1: How to get Recent Folders displaying in Windows 10 permanently" above

    3) Open the Registry (regedit.exe) with Administrator privileges

    4) Navigate to the following registry key:

    5) Right-click ShellFolder and select Permissions

    6) Click Advanced

    7) At the top, click Change

    8) Type in ADMINISTRATORS and then click Check Names

    9) Click Ok and then Ok

    10) Within the "Group or user names:" section, select Administrators so that it is highlighted blue

    11) Tick the box corresponding to Allow Full Control

    12) Click Ok to close the Permissions box

    13) On the right side of the Registry Editor, now double-click "Attributes"

    14) Replace the existing Hexadecimal number of 20040000 with 70010020 and then press Ok

    15) Now navigate to the following registry key:

    16) Repeat steps 5 to 14 once again but this time for this particular ShellFolder registry key

    Close the Registry Editor

    That's it. Now all Windows 10 software applications will allow you to Save As in the "Recent Folders" under the Quick Access menu.

    Recent Folders in Windows 10 = Phixed!

    - ThePhinx
    Did the trick.
    Thanks Phinx!
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  4.    17 Dec 2016 #14

    fix*file explorer*Navigation settings to show "All Folders"

    SBYH said: View Post
    Is the solution for Recent Folders working for anyone in June 2016 in WIndows 10?? Once upon a time it worked for me to get Recent Folders into my Quick Access menu, around last October, then it disappeared several months ago. Frankly, searching through all the false leads in various user forums is so complicated that it's taken me this long to find time to try again.

    To fix "Recent Folders" showing on left File Explorer tree:

    File Explorer, View, top left button Navigation Pane (drop down), ensure "All Folders" selected
    Now the instructions should work



    There is "button" top left to PIN to Quick Access
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  5.    20 Dec 2016 #15

    After I finish Step 3,
    3) Copy and paste the entire following line into the Command Prompt, and then press Enter:
    mklink /j "%USERPROFILE%\Recent Items" %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

    the command prompt box sends a reply that states:
    ​"The syntax of the command is incorrect."
    So I cannot proceed further.
    Any suggestions?
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