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

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

    How to Turn On or Off 'Recent Items' and 'Frequent Places' in Windows 10

    Published by BrinkCategory: General Tips
    07 Jan 2015 Last Updated: 08 Sep 2017 at 13:10

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    How to Turn On or Off 'Recent Items' and 'Frequent Places' in Windows 10

    information   Information
    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.

    Frequent places is a list of folders, websites, etc... that you have opened recently. These items are displayed as "Frequent folders" in Quick access folder, "Frequent places" under File in File Explorer, and under "Frequent" and "Recent" in jump lists on the Start menu and taskbar.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to store and display recent items and frequent places in File Explorer, Quick access, jump lists, Start menu, and taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    When you turn off recent items and frequent places, it will reset and clear them all except any locations you pinned to Quick access and pinned to Jump Lists.


    Your recent items and frequent places are stored in the folder locations below.

    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items

    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Turn On or Off "Recent Items" and "Frequent Places" in Settings app
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off "Recent Items" and "Frequent Places" using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: Where you will see Recent Items and Frequent Places

    (Jump Lists in Start menu)
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    (Jump Lists on taskbar)
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    (Quick access)
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    (File menu in File Explorer)
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    Turn On or Off Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off "Recent Items" and "Frequent Places" in Settings app

    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to open Personalization in the Settings app.

    2. Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on Personalize, and go to step 4 below.

    3. Open Settings, click/tap on the Personalization icon, and go to step 4 below.

    4. Click/tap on Start on the left side. Turn on or off to Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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    Turn On or Off Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off "Recent Items" and "Frequent Places" using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below are to change the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    Start_TrackDocs DWORD

    0 = Turn off
    1 = Turn on


    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Recent Items and Frequent Places

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_On_Recent_Items_and_Frequent_Places.reg

    download

     3. To Turn Off Recent Items and Frequent Places

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_Off_Recent_Items_and_Frequent_Places.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    18 Aug 2015 #1
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    Brink, many thanks for great article but I got some issue here.

    I've tried using all the various methods you posted in this forum and Turn_On_Recent_Items_and_Frequent_Places reg file manage to enable me to use Quick Access again. But still, I'm unable view Quick Access on the (left) sidebar. You know when you click the arrow thingy.

    Also, I could not manually add folder to the Quick Access and Windows would give me "An API call exited abnormally" warning.

    Can you please help.
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  2.    18 Aug 2015 #2
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    Hello acomicbookguy, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Did you do anything like below to remove or disable Quick access for why it's not working properly for you?

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  3.    18 Aug 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello acomicbookguy, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Did you do anything like below to remove or disable Quick access for why it's not working properly for you?

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html
    I didn't do anything of that sort. The only that I've done recently that might be of interest to this matter is that,


    1. Windows 10 did its auto-update (for security thingy) - but I doubt this is the cause,
    2. I changed my User privillege from Normal to Admin., and finally,
    3. I kinda force uninstall AVG Free via Revo Uninstaller since it didn't work in my Windows 10.


    Appreciate the reply Brink.
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  4.    18 Aug 2015 #4
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    Did you move this to your D:\Berlitz?

    If so, that could be why. I find that moving system folders or user profiles don't always work out so well.
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  5.    18 Aug 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Did you move this to your D:\Berlitz?

    If so, that could be why. I find that moving system folders or user profiles don't always work out so well.
    Move what exactly? That Berlitz folder is just to show that I couldn't pin any folder I wanted to, to the Quick Access anymore. This can happened to any folder in my computer.
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  6.    27 Aug 2015 #6
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    Brink, I tried creating new account and they don't have this malfunction Quick Access issues of mine. Do you have any idea how to solve this then?

    I also tried SFC /scannow and it gives result that it was unable to fix some of the corrupt files.
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  7.    27 Aug 2015 #7
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    acomicbookguy,

    If you need to keep this account instead of using a new account instead, you could do a repair install that should sort it without losing anything.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  8.    29 Aug 2015 #8
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    I have had a frustrating time finding the answer to this one.

    Run command prompt as administrator and run this command:

    del %appdata%\microsoft\windows\recent\automaticdestinations\*

    Enjoy

    Quote Originally Posted by acomicbookguy View Post

    Brink, many thanks for great article but I got some issue here.

    I've tried using all the various methods you posted in this forum and Turn_On_Recent_Items_and_Frequent_Places reg file manage to enable me to use Quick Access again. But still, I'm unable view Quick Access on the (left) sidebar. You know when you click the arrow thingy.

    Also, I could not manually add folder to the Quick Access and Windows would give me "An API call exited abnormally" warning.

    Can you please help.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  9.    29 Aug 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwknight View Post
    I have had a frustrating time finding the answer to this one.

    Run command prompt as administrator and run this command:

    del %appdata%\microsoft\windows\recent\automaticdestinations\*

    Enjoy
    Hello dwknight, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you like, the option in the tutorial below will do this automatically for you, and is more thorough.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...set-clear.html
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