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.


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EXAMPLE: Recent Items
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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

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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.

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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