See a List of Files You’ve Recently Accessed

By | December 30, 2017
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See a List of Files You’ve Recently Accessed

This tip works om Windows 7, Windows 8x and Windows 10 (all versions)

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.

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

If you want to clear this 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 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 stuff she looks at!

Attention Windows 7 users!  You will see different dialogs, but the functionality is the same.


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