Create Recent Items Shortcut in Windows 10  

    Create Recent Items Shortcut in Windows 10

    Create Recent Items Shortcut in Windows 10

    How to Create a Recent Items Shortcut in Windows 10
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    05 Apr 2020
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    How to Create a Recent Items Shortcut in Windows 10


    Recent items is a list of the files that you have used or opened recently. These items are displayed as "Recent files" in Quick access, and under "Recent" in jump lists on the Start menu and taskbar.

    This tutorial will show you how to download or create a Recent items shortcut that opens directly to your Recent Items folder in File Explorer in Windows 10.


    Contents




    EXAMPLE: Recent Items
    Create Recent Items Shortcut in Windows 10-recent_items_context_menu.png Create Recent Items Shortcut in Windows 10-recent_items.png






    OPTION ONE

    To Download a Recent Items Shortcut


    1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file below.

    Recent_Items_shortcut.zip

    Download


    2 Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3 Unblock the .zip file.

    4 Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

    5 If you like, you can Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    6 When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.








    OPTION TWO

    To Manually Create a Recent Items Shortcut


    1 Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

    2 Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

    Create Recent Items Shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut-1.png

    3 Type Recent Items for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)

    You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.

    Create Recent Items Shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut-2.png

    4 If you like, you can Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 463
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #1

    @Brink
    Hi Brink. How would I pin this shortcut to the taskbar? There is no such option other than to pin to the start menu and quick access. Thanks!
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 61,909
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    bamajon1974 said:
    @Brink
    Hi Brink. How would I pin this shortcut to the taskbar? There is no such option other than to pin to the start menu and quick access. Thanks!
    Hello,

    You can Pin to Start or Pin to Quick Access the %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent folder directly instead.

    The tutorial below can help show you how to Pin to Taskbar this folder.

    'Pin to taskbar' Folder and Drive in Windows 10
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 463
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #3

    That trick works. For some reason, the shortcut that is created doesn't pin directly to the taskbar. Modifying the shortcut with the explorer trick works. Thanks!
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 61,909
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    bamajon1974 said:
    That trick works. For some reason, the shortcut that is created doesn't pin directly to the taskbar. Modifying the shortcut with the explorer trick works. Thanks!
    You're most welcome.
      My Computers


 

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