File Explorer - Quick Access Does Not Show Recent Files

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  1. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #11

    Great! Alas it didn't fix my quick access recent file links having no icons... just blank. Don't know when that started and can't find anything on it. Minor problem.
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  2. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #12

    Recent Files for Programs in Start Menu


    mickkev said:
    For some strange reasons, File Explorer no longer shows the Recent files. Is there any way to fix this?
    I want to share this with you incase there were others finding a similar issue.

    I was struggling for ages with this and followed steps here.

    Then I just "right clicked" on the program in the "Most Used" at the top of "Start", and there they are, the "Recent" files appear.

    Obviously this works for all programs in the start menu.
    Right click the icon for the program and the recent files should appear.

    Cool!
    Last edited by jdhotham; 10 Oct 2016 at 06:22. Reason: The post title was incomplete
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  3. Posts : 637
    Windows 10 20H2
       #13

    Recent items folder properties shows 193 files and 10 folders, but the folders are not visible and they are not hidden, how do I access them?
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  4. KeithM's Avatar
    Posts : 803
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #14

    rdwray said:
    Recent items folder properties shows 193 files and 10 folders, but the folders are not visible and they are not hidden, how do I access them?

    They're hidden by a custom view imposed by a desktop.ini file.

    You can get to the sub-folders by specifying the path in the Explorer Address bar: shell:AppData\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

    You can "turn off" the custom view with this PowerShell:
    Code:
    (gi $env:AppData\Microsoft\Windows\Recent).Attributes -= 'ReadOnly'
    And turn it back on with this:
    Code:
    (gi $env:AppData\Microsoft\Windows\Recent).Attributes += 'ReadOnly'
    Explorer with custom view turned off:

    File Explorer - Quick Access Does Not Show Recent Files-screenshot-796-.png
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  5. Posts : 637
    Windows 10 20H2
       #15

    @KeithM thanks, that works...

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    Are these folders really necessary?
    AutomaticDestinations
    CustomDestinations
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  6. KeithM's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #16

    rdwray said:
    @KeithM thanks, that works...
    - - - Updated - - -

    Are these folders really necessary?
    AutomaticDestinations
    CustomDestinations
    Yes. They contain the databases used to create jumplists, including Explorer's Frequent Folders & Recent FIles.
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  7. Posts : 637
    Windows 10 20H2
       #17

    KeithM said:
    Yes. They contain the databases used to create jumplists, including Explorer's Frequent Folders & Recent FIles.
    I use Classic Start Menu and it allows me to control what I need so I don't use any of those items you mentioned.
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  8. KeithM's Avatar
    Posts : 803
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #18

    Does Classic Start Menu populate the program-speicfic jumplists as well?
    File Explorer - Quick Access Does Not Show Recent Files-screenshot-800-.png
    If you delete every file you don't recognize on a WIndows 10 system, you will soon run inot trouble.

    What is your reason for necro-ing this old thread?
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  9. Posts : 637
    Windows 10 20H2
       #19

    Notice "Programs" and "Apps" at the bottom above the "Search" box which lists all the installed programs and apps.File Explorer - Quick Access Does Not Show Recent Files-untitled.png
    It pretty much covers anything that I can possibly. The list at the top left is shortcuts that a manually added. The list at the bottom list changes based on the last programs ran which is controlled by the number of items you set. Take a look: Classic Shell.
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  10. KeithM's Avatar
    Posts : 803
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #20

    I don't care to. I'm content with the Explorer shell and have taken the time to understand it.

    What interaction does Classic Shell have with the sub-folders of Recent Items that prompted your question?
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