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Windows 7: Recent Items; Can't get it to turn on.

14 Nov 2010   #1
wazzupbeckham

WIN7
 
 
Recent Items; Can't get it to turn on.

Recent Items - Turn On or Off

I've tried this above way, doesn't work. Still can't see my recent folders when I right-click the Windows Explorer's shortcut.

Can someone help? Because this so important to me.



Thanks in advance.


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14 Nov 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcome,
If that excellent tut did not work, you may want to try a system restore from a point before the problem began.
System Restore
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14 Nov 2010   #3
wazzupbeckham

WIN7
 
 

Thing is.................................I don't have a restore point ><

But originally it works. but after I plugged in a 2nd monitor... It didn't work.
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14 Nov 2010   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums wazzupbeckham. Here's something to try:

Start> In search box type

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

and press enter

See if any of the automaticDestinations-ms files are larger in size than the rest of the file, such as files that have file size of 1 MB or more.

Delete the larger files. If you're not worried about saving Jump Lists’ recent items history delete all the automaticDestinations-ms files in the folder. See if the recent items lists will now work. You will obviously need to create some new history before anything will show.

A Guy
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14 Nov 2010   #5
wazzupbeckham

WIN7
 
 

thanks for the welcome

I've just tried your method. I cut and pasted all the files to my desktop (hope that does the same as deleting them). But it still doesn't work. Do you think I have to wait a while or.... do I need to restart?

PS. I did see 3 files over 1000kb


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums wazzupbeckham. Here's something to try:

Start> In search box type

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

and press enter

See if any of the automaticDestinations-ms files are larger in size than the rest of the file, such as files that have file size of 1 MB or more.

Delete the larger files. If you're not worried about saving Jump Lists’ recent items history delete all the automaticDestinations-ms files in the folder. See if the recent items lists will now work. You will obviously need to create some new history before anything will show.

A Guy
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14 Nov 2010   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

You'd have to create new history by opening items and such. The things that create "recent items". A restart might be a good idea, you are basically looking to have those large files out of the recent folder as they apparently can prevent recents from working. A Guy
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14 Nov 2010   #7
wazzupbeckham

WIN7
 
 

Just restarted. Opened a bunch of folders. No luck ><

update: Works! Few moments after, I decided to open the folder to told me to go to. I saw 2 new files created in from of my eyes. Then Voila! An recent items appears in the Jump List!

THANKS A GUY!
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31 Jan 2013   #8
hrhartist

Windows 7 Professional 32bit, 64 bit, Windows XP Professional
 
 

ok. this may seem like a dumb answer....but when i type in the path, it only lets me go as far as this: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\

am i missing a step somewhere where i need to get into the AutomaticDestinations and the CustomDestinations?

i have my hidden files and system files to show...but i can't find them
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