How do you show recents?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

To show recent files in File Explorer, you can follow these steps:

1. Open File Explorer: You can do this by clicking on the folder icon in your taskbar or by pressing the Windows key + E on your keyboard.

2. Quick Access: By default, File Explorer opens to the Quick Access view. If it doesn’t, you can click on “Quick Access” in the left-hand navigation pane to switch to this view.

3. Recent Files: In the lower-right corner of the Quick Access view, you should see a section labeled “Recent files.” This section displays a list of the files you have recently accessed or opened.

4. Scroll down: If the recent files list is not visible, you may need to scroll down within the Quick Access view to see it. Sometimes, the list may also be collapsed, so you can look for a small arrow or expand button to reveal the recent files.

5. View the recent files: Once you have located the recent files section, you can scroll through the list to see the last 20 files you have accessed. The files are usually listed with their respective file names and file types.

It’s important to note that the recent files list may vary depending on your system settings and usage patterns. The files listed here are typically a combination of documents, images, videos, and other file types that you have interacted with recently.

Showing recent files in File Explorer can be helpful when you want to quickly access documents or files you have been working on recently. It eliminates the need to navigate through multiple folders to find a specific file, saving you time and effort.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that you can also access recent files through other applications such as Microsoft Office or media players. These applications often have their own “Recent” or “Open Recent” sections where you can find a list of files you have recently worked on within that specific program.

In my personal experience, the recent files feature in File Explorer has been quite convenient. It allows me to easily locate and open files that I have been working on without having to remember their exact location or search for them manually. It’s especially useful when I need to refer back to a document or quickly resume working on a project.

Displaying recent files in File Explorer provides a practical way to access your most recently used files, making your workflow more efficient and streamlined.