How to See a List of Files You’ve Recently Accessed

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How to See a List of Files You’ve Recently Accessed

This tip is for Windows 7, Windows 8x and Windows 10

Every time you access a file or folder in Windows, it’s added to a list. But do you know how to access this list? It’s easy. Very easy.

Open a Run dialog by holding down the Windows Key and tapping the “R” key. Type RECENT in the Run dialog and press Enter or click “OK”.

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And you’ll see a long list of files you’ve accessed recently. Mine go all the way back to 3 weeks ago, which was the time I cleaned my computer using the CLEANMGR command which you an also run from a Run dialog. [ Windows Key + R. Type CLEANMGR and press Enter. ]

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Windows 10 users will also see a list of recently accessed files and folders appears in File Explorer  –> “Quick Access”.

If you want to clear the list of recently access files and folders, do this:

Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog.

Type Control Folders  in the run box to open Folder Options and click OK or press Enter. (Note: You can also use Control Panel / Folder Options or File Explorer / Options.)  Under the General tab, under “Privacy”, next to “Clear File Explorer history” click “Clear”.

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So, there you go. Now you know how to see what files and folders have been recently accessed on your computer. And how to clear them. I always love to do this with EB’s computer. You should see the kind of stuff she looks at… shocking!

Windows 7 users, please note:  You will see different dialogs than those shown above, but the functionality is the same.

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One thought on “How to See a List of Files You’ve Recently Accessed

  1. Ruby Mailander

    I want to thank TC for going WAY above and beyond helping me with my laptop this week, I have had help from these 2 for many years now and can’t thank them enough, they are so good at what they do and they are always happy and cheerful even when having to help this 77 year old , who forgets things and I am so grateful for their patience 🙂 love from Ruby


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