General View Recently Opened Files in Windows 11


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Windows 11 keeps track of your recently opened files by default.

This can be handy if you need to locate or reopen a recently opened file, or to just see which files have been recently opened.

This tutorial will show you how to view your recently opened files in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: View Recently Opened Files for Specific App on Taskbar
  • Option Two: View Recently Opened Files for Specific App on Start Menu
  • Option Three: View Recently Opened Files on Start Menu
  • Option Four: View Recently Opened Files from File Explorer Home
  • Option Five: View Recently Opened Files from Recent Items folder




Option One

View Recently Opened Files for Specific App on Taskbar


1 Right click on the app (ex: "Notepad") icon on the taskbar. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the Recent file you want to open in the jump list.

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Option Two

View Recently Opened Files for Specific App on Start Menu


1 Open the Start menu :win:.

2 Click/tap on the All apps button at the top of the Pinned section. (see screenshot below)

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3 Right click on the app (ex: "Notepad"), and click/tap on the Recent file you want to open in the jump list.. (see screenshot below)

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Option Three

View Recently Opened Files on Start Menu


1 Open the Start menu :win:.

2 Click/tap on the More button at the top of the Recommended section. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the recent file you want to open in the Recommended list. (see screenshot below)

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Option Four

View Recently Opened Files from File Explorer Home


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E). (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Home in the navigation pane.

3 Click/tap on the Recent file you want to open.

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Option Five

View Recently Opened Files from Recent Items folder


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E). (see screenshot below)

2 Copy and paste %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter to open the Recent Items folder.

3 Click/tap on the Recent file you want to open.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Jerry06

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In the past I've created a shortcut in a folder and pinned the shortcut to the taskbar.

Location:: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items
Name: Recent Items

I still do that today, thanks Brink for tutorial. for reminding me of this Almost forgot about the shortcut.
 

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