Last Updated on April 20, 2020
Probably Windows 98 users remember that in the Start menu there was a possibility to see your recently open documents (as far as I remember, the list displayed the last 15 documents you opened). In Windows XP, this option is gone. Sometimes I found it useful, because I never remember the names I give to files, or the place I save them.
Windows XP has this information in memory, but it does not display it by default anymore. Here’s how to get access to the recent documents list:
- Open Windows Explorer (if you don’t know how, use the shortcut keys combination “Window” + “E”)
- Click on Local Disc (C:)
- Select Documents and Settings
- Select your user
- Click on Tools on the menu bar, then select Folder Options
- In the new window, select View
- In this new list, look for the option “show hidden files and folders” and check it, then press OK
- In your current folder, now you’ll see a new option called My Recent Documents. Double click on it, and you’ll see your recent documents list.
- If you want to find it easier, you can assign a shortcut for it on your Desktop (Right click on My Recent Documents, choose Send to, choose Desktop (create shortcut).
That’s all. Enjoy!