Windows 10 does not come with the Recent places option in the navigation pane of File Explorer like Windows 8 or Windows 7. Instead, it has the "Recent files" group inside the Quick Access folder. This is not at all convenient for users who were used to accessing Recent places with one click from the navigation pane. Today we will see how to add Recent items to left pane of File Explorer in Windows 10.
We also covered how to add recent places to the left pane of File Explorer in Windows 10. I recommend you to read it, as it can be useful to have both Recent items (documents) and Recent Places in the left pane. Read the following article if you are interested:
To add Recent items to the left pane of File Explorer in Windows 10, you need to do the following:
- Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog. Tip: See the complete list of Win key shortcuts available in Windows.
- Enter the following in the Run box:
The command is a special shell command. For the full list of shell commands available in Windows 10, refer to the following article: List of shell commands in Windows 10
- The Recent items folder will be opened in File Explorer: Press the Alt + Up shortcut keys together to go to the parent folder of "Recent items" in File Explorer.
- Right click the Recent items folder and pick Pin to Quick Access from the context menu.
This trick works in Windows 10 Technical Preview for now. It can stop working later if Microsoft decides to change things in the release version.