In Windows 10, Microsoft removed the widely used Recent places option from the navigation pane of File Explorer. Instead, it has the "Recent files" and "Frequent folders" groups inside the Quick Access folder. Many users who used Recent places found this change inconvenient, because your recently opened folders were just one click away. Today we will see how to add Recent places to the left pane of File Explorer in Windows 10.
Previously, we covered how to add recent items 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 places to the left pane of File Explorer in Windows 10, you need to do the following:
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- 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. It will lead you directly to the Recent Places folder!
- The Recent places folder will be opened in File Explorer:
- Right click the Qiuck Access item in the navigation pane (left pane) and pick Pin current folder to Quick Access from the context menu:
This trick works in Windows 10 as of TH2 (Version 1511) update. It can stop working later if Microsoft decides to change things in the future.