Pin Recent Files to the Start menu in Windows 10

Sometimes it is useful to have one click access to Recent Files from the Start menu. In Windows 7, such an ability was a built-in feature of the Start menu. The new Start menu of Windows 10 does not come with this option. Let's add the link to recent files to the Start menu of Windows 10.

Unfortunately, we cannot add a cascading menu like it was implemented in Windows 7. However, we can create a special tile in the Start menu to open them quickly. It is quite useful, especially if you have a touch screen device or you have set File Explorer to open at This PC.

How to Pin Recent Files to the Start menu in Windows 10
You need to do the following.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Type or paste the following path in the address bar:
    %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows

    target-folder

  3. There, you will see the folder named "Recent items". Right click it and select "Pin to Start" as shown below:pin-to-start

The appropriate tile will appear in the Start menu. When you click it, the folder with all your recent files and folders will be opened:recent-items-in-action

Bonus tip: From the context menu of Recent items folder, you can quickly clear recent items. If you create a shortcut for this folder on the Desktop, you will be able to do it quickly:clear-recent-items-context-menu

That's it.

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5 thoughts on “Pin Recent Files to the Start menu in Windows 10

  1. Dawn

    Just what I needed – thank you!

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  2. DIG

    This simple workaround is appreciated.

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  3. Johny Why

    seems to show as tile, not as list, correct? thx

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  4. R

    Thank you very much! It’s annoying they would get remove such a useful feature, I’m very glad you provide a way to get it back.

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  5. Malc

    GThanks for the workaround. I still can’t understand why MS dropped the Recent Items in the Start Menu after Win7 but hopefully they will listen and reinstate it.

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