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Windows 7: How to find recent items (NOT places) in dialog boxes

08 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
How to find recent items (NOT places) in dialog boxes

Hi, how do I add to the left of windows dialog boxes 'recent items'? I know how to activate recent items in the start menu and I know what recent places is about but neither gives links to recent _items_ i.e. files in dialog boxes.

For e.g. you want to attach a file you have just worked on to an email in outlook. You click the paperclip icon and you get the dialog box. You click on recent places and all you get are the folders you have recently opened and saved to. If the folder is not there or you're not sure in which folder the file is in it does not help you find the file.

Many thanks

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08 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Just playing around. I'm on Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP1 at the moment. I went into Start Menu and right clicked on Recent Items. Then I went to Send To and chose Desktop. Now I had a shortcut on the desktop. I dragged it onto a File Open dialog and renamed it Recent Items. Then I deleted the shortcut on the Desktop. I'l have to watch it for awhile to see if it get updated.

Might be worth a try.

edit: seems to be working. I opened a text file and then looked in File Open and File Save As dialogs. Recent Items is there and that text file is listed. I'm glad you asked. I may want to use this myself.

edit2: I just did the same thing in Windows 7 32 bit. If it doesn't show Recent Items in the Start Menu panel, right click TaskBar, select Properties, then Start Menu, then Customize. Once it shows in the Start Menu panel then you can do the SendTo Desktop trick.
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11 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks. It works just as it should.
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