Windows 10: Turn On or Off Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       17 Nov 2015 #20

    Yeah, I'm not aware of a way to change the amount of pinned items in a jump list.
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  2. Posts : 7
    Windows XP/Vista/8/10
       28 Dec 2015 #21

    Brink, your forum has emerged as one of the best for Windows on the internet.

    Can you get Windows 10 to display a list of recently opened *files* but not a list of recently opened web pages...
    Can they be separated and one turned on but not the other?

    I use Classic Shell on Windows 10 so that I can have Recent Items displayed in a drop down list, and would like to keep that ON but turn OFF the display of every web page I visit when I right click on the browser i the task Bar of Windows 10.
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  3. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       28 Dec 2015 #22

    Hello c627627, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Not that I'm aware of, but you could create a Recent Items shortcut that will only show recently open files and folders.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html
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  4. Posts : 7
    Windows XP/Vista/8/10
       28 Dec 2015 #23

    Is there a way to have %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items link be a drop down link in the start menu?
    Last edited by c627627; 31 Dec 2015 at 19:39.
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  5. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       28 Dec 2015 #24

    Yeah, this was changed in Windows 10.

    You could pin the shortcut from above to Start.

    Another option is to add the shortcut to All apps.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html

    You could also customize a Start List button to use that target instead, and rename it to "Recent Items".

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html
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  6.    28 Dec 2015 #25

    I've been looking for the same, but have not found anything. I miss the 'recent items' list from W7, as opposed to the folder that opens with recent items option in W10 - which means you then have to then close that folder.
    I like the 'recent list' because its a reminder of things you have worked on recently, and it does not open a folder to get to the item - its less clicks.
    So - I opted for Classic shell - which brings back a recent items 'list' from the start menu, and some other pretty good customization options.
    I don't particularly like adding 'add-ons' for workarounds, but this seems to be the only way until 'when and if' MS brings back a true recent list.
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  7. Posts : 7
    Windows XP/Vista/8/10
       28 Dec 2015 #26

    Thank you, I will look through each option, I just wanted to ask if they offer a drop down menu option that opens up the Recent Items list right there in the Start menu instead of launching a separate folder to be opened?
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  8.    28 Dec 2015 #27

    Oh, I see.. yes - indeed it does. Just like W7
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  9. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       28 Dec 2015 #28

    c627627 said: View Post
    Thank you, I will look through each option, I just wanted to ask if they offer a drop down menu option that opens up the Recent Items list right there in the Start menu instead of launching a separate folder to be opened?
    Sorry, but not in Start.

    You could add the Recent Items folder as a toolbar on your taskbar to have a menu though.

    Taskbar Toolbars - Add or Remove in Windows 8
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  10. Posts : 7
    Windows XP/Vista/8/10
       28 Dec 2015 #29

    Windows 10 no longer updates %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items if you
    Windows 10 > Settings > Personalization > Start > Turn OFF Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar

    Therefore, that setting has to be ON in order for Recent Items to exist.

    Unfortunately along with Recent Items (files) - Windows 10 keeps a track of each and every web page you visit and prominently displays the web pages you visited when you right click on the browser in your Task Bar...


    So we are faced with theoretically figuring out what part of registry Windows 10 uses to display the web pages and possibly *ONLY* blocking that part while allowing the Recent Items (files) to still be displayed.
    This very well may be impossible, and I understand that.

    But this is a pretty big deal. I don't even mind that web page history is accessible, but it's one thing for an effort to be made to get to it, and another for it to be on *Permanent Display* every single time you right click on any browser window in the task bar. There definitely should have been a registry entry that controls that SEPARATELY from Recent Files that were opened.
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