Windows 10: Recent items not showing in quick access or start list Solved

  1.    27 Nov 2015 #1

    Recent items not showing in quick access or start list

    Hi there,

    I've only just upgraded to windows 10, so still getting to grips. I have the recent items option enabled in both the quick access panel and jump lists, but they're appearing in neither. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Many thanks
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  2.    29 Nov 2015 #2

    Hi, have a look at this:
    Recent Items and Frequent Places - Turn On or Off - Windows 10 Forums

    There are many tutorials: just search (e.g.)
    <your problem text> site: w w tutorials

    (omit spaces - had to put them in so it doesn't appear as a hyperlink)
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  3.    30 Nov 2015 #3

    OK, so I had misunderstood - I was expecting an actual recent items item on the start menu like we used to have in windows 7 that shows all recent items rather than lists for individual programmes. I guess this is what you get in the in the quick access option, but that means you have to open a file explorer window, then quick access to get to it, whereas previously you could click on start and hover over recent items for a complete list. Also I don't get jump lists for all the programmes I keep on the taskbar, only some of them. It just seems like windows 10 makes a lot of things a click or two further away than it used to be and therefore less easy to use - put me right if I'm mistaken.
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  4.    30 Nov 2015 #4

    Jump Lists
    You might want to experiment with right clicking items on the taskbar.

    Recent Items (rather than programs) in Win 10 start menu
    As far as I know this is not present. Hint: it is in Classic Shell (!)

    Start Menu
    It seems to me that where in 10240, there was a popup list of recently accessed files associated with each desktop program, post TH2 you now have to right click the program. (But I don't use Win 10's start menu normally).

    That's consistent with rt click for jump lists on the taskbar, I suppose.

    To me, the Win 10 start menu is useless-it's not intuitive, accessible, usable. It renders my traditional start menu as a linear list below the top level folders- all subfolders are removed and the contents organised alphabetically, so under All Apps I might read


    - all from different programs.

    Classic Shell - a Win 7-like XP-like optionally expanding start menu with search is very much my preferred option.

    Explorer - they've gone to town on Quick Access here, but I dislike seeing the bulk of the pane dominate by this as the default arrangement. But that's a list of files and folders recently accessed. (If I want recent items, I prefer to use another method so I can click and get a drop-down list. E.g. Listary (3rd party program)).
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       30 Nov 2015 #5

    Hi pennywhistle,

    You might find the following tutorial useful:

    How to Create a Recent Items Shortcut in Windows 10

    If you pin the shortcut to your start menu you are close to having what you want.
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  6.    30 Nov 2015 #6

    Thanks for both your replies, really helpful - I shall do some experimenting and I suspect I shall go for Classic Shell for the Start Menu - thanks for that tip Dalchina, and I've already added a recent items icon to the task bar which is great, so thank philc43 for that.

    Much happier bunny now!
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