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Windows 7: Recent Documents sort order

28 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Recent Documents sort order

I gave up trying to get the Recent Documents link to work on the Start Menu - what is the point of them being in alphabetical order??

So I just created a shortcut to the Recent folder on my desktop and started using that. But even there I can't keep it sorted in 'date modified' order. It stays that way for an hour or so, but when I go back the folder has sorted itself in alphabetical order again, and I have to start right-clicking again! Maddening.

I did once get the link on the Start Menu to sort in date order, but I don't recall how I did it sadly - I certainly can't get it to work now. But surely the folder itself should stay in the sort view I set for it? Why does it change back all by itself and how can I fix it so that it stays in date modified order?



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28 Oct 2011   #2


If you first open Windows Explorer and go to your actual Recent Items folder (located at C:\Users\{name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent) you can highlight the folder, change to 'Details' view and go into the Column Header to change your sort order to Date Modified.

THEN make a shortcut to that folder, and you'll have approximately 6 months worth of 'Recent Items' sorted by the date modified --- as you wanted.
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28 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Yes, thanks: that's exactly what I did - and have done again just to be sure. The folder keeps going back to alphabetical order of its own accord!!

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