Recent Documents are not included in the Windows 7 start menu. You will not find it where it used to be available on earlier Windows Operating Systems. In this guide, you will learn how to check recently opened files in Windows 7 and the location of recent documents/files. Adding them to the start menu will help you to access them quickly and frequently.
Accessing recent files is very useful to view the recently opened files from a local computer or network location. Sometimes you would have opened and worked with a file but forgot the exact location of it later. By viewing the recent documents list, you can easily find the particular important files no matter where it is saved.
Also, knowing the location is helpful to delete/clear the recently opened files on a computer for privacy purposes if you want to hide them.
Location of Recent Documents/Files in Windows 7
Since it’s a user-specific history, you will find the list of recently accessed files, folders and other places under every user profile folder. Show hidden files option should be enabled (in folder options) to browse this path.
To clear or remove the recent documents in Windows 7, delete all files from this location. Do not worry; you will not delete the original files; these are just shortcuts (reference) of the file/folder located on your PC or network.
How to Show Recent Documents in Start Menu
Here is the default setup without the recent documents on the start menu,
To add it to the start menu, follow the below steps.
1) Right-click on the Windows taskbar and go to Properties.
Under Start Menu, click Customize as shown below.
2) Find out ‘Recent Items’ and enable it. Also, you can control the number of items to show in the list from the start menu.
3) Press OK to show recent documents on the start menu.
How to Disable or Turn Off Recent Items in Windows 7
You will find the privacy option as shown below under the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties. Simply removing the check box will stop keeping the history of files/folders in Windows 7 recent items.
With the above steps, you must know how to check recently opened files in Windows 7. Also, you should be able to locate Windows 7 recent files and add them to the start menu. Meanwhile, you can permanently disable this feature, so Windows 7 will not record the history of the recently accessed files.