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  1. Posts : 4
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       #20

    Can't understand why Microsoft has decided that hiding Recent Folders in W10 is a good idea. It is pretty essential for anyone using more programs concurrently.

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    Atro said:
    I successfully used this procedure to get Recent Folders to work in Save As dialog boxes in Win10.
    It's a bit of a slog, but a major timesaver.
    Do NOT attempt this if not THOROUGHLY acquainted with changing multiple registry entries.

    First get the shortcut pinned to the Quick Access menu, either by the methods earlier in the thread, or if they don't work, try this:

    A) Navigate to C:\Users\<username>
    B) Open the folder “Links”
    C) RMB on “Recent Folders” and choose “Pin to Quick Access”
    D) Drag “ Recent folders” to any position under Quick Access


    1) Switch to Administrator sign-in; Perform a System Restore point backup of C drive prior to starting

    2) Check “ Recent folders” appears under Quick Access

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

    4) Navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}\ShellFolder

    5) Right-click ShellFolder and select Permissions

    6) Click Advanced

    7) At the top, click Change

    8) Type in your current username, and then click Check Names

    9) Click OK and then OK (this gives the current user ownership of that Registry Key, permitting the following to happen)

    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:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}\ShellFolder

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

    17) Close the Registry Editor

    Now all Windows 10 software applications should allow you to Save As in "Recent Folders" under the Quick Access menu.

    thanks to "thePhinx" for most of this info

    for further ideas, see this thread on this forum:
    Solved File Explorer Quick Access has Recent Folders pinned but it vanishes.. - Windows 10 Forums
    You've saved my day man, thanks a million!
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  2. Posts : 61,935
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #21

    kettyo said:
    Can't understand why Microsoft has decided that hiding Recent Folders in W10 is a good idea. It is pretty essential for anyone using more programs concurrently.
    Hello kettyo,

    I'm glad that was able to work for you.

    Recent Folders has basically been replaced by "Frequent folders" in Quick access.
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #22

    Brink said:
    Hello kettyo,

    I'm glad that was able to work for you.

    Recent Folders has basically been replaced by "Frequent folders" in Quick access.
    I know that but functionality is incomparable. You don't get the complete list and can't sort by last access date which is VERY useful in a work environment.
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  4. Posts : 61,935
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #23

    kettyo said:
    I know that but functionality is incomparable. You don't get the complete list and can't sort by last access date which is VERY useful in a work environment.
    Agreed. Here's another option below if you like.

    How to Pin Recent Folders to Quick Access in Windows 10
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  5. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #24

    Brink said:
    Agreed. Here's another option below if you like.

    How to Pin Recent Folders to Quick Access in Windows 10
    Thanks, that was the first thing i did
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