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Recently opened files show in Start menu

Folks, today a ‘quick tip’- The Windows Start menu can show you a list of the files you have recently opened, which is a handy shortcut for returning to works-in-progress. This feature is called “My Recent Documents” and you can quickly and easily turn it on or off.

Tip of the day: Customize your Start menu to show your most recently opened files (Note: if you’re a ‘minimalist’, and want a leaner, cleaner Start Menu, do the opposite of [uncheck] these steps to disable the Recent Documents feature).
Step 1:Right-click on a blank area of your Taskbar, and select “Properies” from the context menu.

Step 2: Select the Start Menu tab, and click on the “Customize” button.

Step 3: Select the “Advanced” tab, and Place a check in the checkbox labelled “List my most recently opened documents.” Now click “OK”, and “OK” again.
That’s it. You’re done. Now when you click on the Start Button, you will see the last things you were working on, and can quickly launch them by clicking their icon.

For Vista: Vista users can do this too, and actually have a little more control..

.. but the steps are the same. Select the “Start Menu” tab, and place the checks.

Today’s free link: TweakUI, a Microsoft “Power Toy”, is an applet for XP that allows for a remarkable amount of, well, “tweaking” of Windows’ behavior and appearance. “This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.”

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  1. If you look in your mydocuments/favorites folder and you can see your sites, but not in internet explore, then the files might be hidden. I had a virus and one of the things that happened was all the files in my favorites folder had their attributes switched to hidden.


    Comment by Jim | May 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Jim,
      Okay, thanks.

      I have not seen that myself (yet), but.. something to keep in mind.


      Comment by techpaul | May 21, 2011 | Reply

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