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Chapter 5. Windows Explorer Annoyances > A SHORTCUT TO MORE RECENT DOCUMENTS

A SHORTCUT TO MORE RECENT DOCUMENTS

The Annoyance:

The Start menu's My Recent Documents is a handy way to quickly retrieve files I've been working on. But the list is limited to 15 documents.

The Fix:

With a quick fix, you can have access to a heck of a lot more of your recently used files. The trick is to place a shortcut to the secret folder that tracks recently opened files on the desktop. Navigate to the My Recent Documents folder (its location varies depending on your version and setup of Windows; it's often at C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Recent Documents in XP and 2000 and at C:\Windows\Recent or C:\Windows\Profiles\username\Recent in 98 and Me). Once you find it, right-click and drag it to the desktop, release the button, and select "Create Shortcuts Here" from the menu to create a shortcut. Double-click this folder and you get a mondo list of recently opened documents going back months. Just double-click the desired file to open it.


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