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Windows 7: No explorer History drop down?

31 Jan 2010   #11

Windows 7

I tried to change the folder options as listed in "Issue with explorer and office" and it didn't make any difference.

If I manually type the paths into the windows explorer address bar, then only those directories are available in the drop down history. But I know for sure that this feature was working when initially installed Windows 7 and all I was doing at that time was browsing the directories through mouse clicks. No manual typing.

I notice several messages posted on the internet that Windows Explorer history is related to IE history. I wonder if my using Firefox / Chrome is related to this issue. Could others who have this issue let us know the browser they are using?

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31 Jan 2010   #12

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

Does or did anyone use a cleaning program like CCleaner? That will clear the history.

In Windows Explorer: I did some testing....mine works....but not like I think it should....hummm
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03 Sep 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Had the same problem, found this solution:
  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Type or copy and paste the following into the address bar: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations
  3. Identify files that are comparatively larger in size than the rest of the file, such as files that have file size of 1 MB or more. Delete the abnormal file.
    Tip: If you does not want to retain the Jump Lists’ recent items history on all applications, just delete all the automaticDestinations-ms files in the folder.
  4. The recent items functionality on Jump Lists will be restored. The recent items on the Jump Lists will be re-added as the program is been used. However, do note that the solution does not restore the previously pinned items. So user will have to pin new items again.
Now my explorer history works just as it should(I've deleted all files in the AutomaticDestinations folder) , more info here:
Fix Windows 7 Jump Lists Missing or Does Not Display Recent Items or Pinned Files » My Digital Life
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