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Activate Windows 7 Recent Documents

January 3rd, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Years ago Microsoft announced that Windows would be Data Driven rather than Application Driven. In your Start Menu you could see a list of recent documents worked on images, spreadsheets,databases. You just had to click on one of them to re-open it. Strangely hardly anyone used it, and Microsoft, as is their wont, forgot about it as well. It was however extremely useful, here is how to reenable it in Windows 7.

Right click the Start/Win button, select Properties
Click the Start Menu tab (it should be select as default)
Click the Customize button
Scroll down and check the Recent Items check box
Click Ok
Click Apply
Click Ok
You should now have a “Recent” option in the start menu.

  1. Brian Grant
    November 28th, 2011 at 18:33 | #1

    Excellent – this is an extremely useful feature and I was missing it after upgrading

  2. admin
    November 28th, 2011 at 20:48 | #2

    It’s saved my life when I’ve completely forgotten what I called a file and where I saved it.

  3. gene
    August 21st, 2012 at 12:36 | #3

    but how can you make Vim’s documents appear there? please tell us this, oh publisher of a Vim blog.

    i use lots of different document types, but currently my recent documents only contains .txt .zip .html .doc and images. what determines what files are shown here and what aren’t?

  4. admin
    August 21st, 2012 at 23:30 | #4

    Gene,That would be nice to know, I have read that you need to do something in regedit in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT but it didn’t work for me. I generally don’t “lose” my vim files but do lose my windows files

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