How to View Any App’s Recent Files in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 23-09-2016

Your recent files lists, similar to your clipboard history Hold That Thought: 5 Reasons You Need A Clipboard Manager When you think about it, copy paste is kind of weird. You copy stuff, but there's no way to see it. And if you copy over what you had, it's gone – forever. Read More , can help you keep track of what you’re doing on your PC. Aside from letting you conveniently jump back into something you were editing, they also let you easily remember that file you just had open or review what you got done today.


A little-known feature in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update 9 Windows 10 Anniversary Update Features You'll Love Are you still on the fence about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update? We have summarized the most important new features. Be sure to try all of them if you've already upgraded! Read More juiced up Windows search. Now, when you search for any program, you can have a look at any files recently created or edited using it. Search for Word, for instance, and you’ll be greeted with a search result for the app itself. Underneath that, however, you’ll find recent files edited in Word.

Of course, most desktop software has some kind of recent files menu that lets you view these files on your own. However, using this method, you can quickly review multiple apps without even touching your mouse Navigating Windows with Keyboard Shortcuts Alone You might know lots of keyboard shortcuts, but did you know you could get around Windows without your mouse? Here's how. Read More .

Here’s a bonus tip for finding recently modified files across your PC no matter their program. Open up a File Explorer window and browse to This PC to ensure you’re searching your entire system. Type datemodified: in the search box. You’ll see a little pop-up window allowing you to select a date on the calendar or just enter relative terms like today or last week.

If you can’t remember what you named some file or suspect that someone has been messing with files on your PC, this is a quick way to find out.

For which app do you find recent files most useful? Let us know if you found either of these tips useful by leaving a comment!


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  1. Man
    July 4, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Silly article.

    • Ben Stegner
      July 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Which part made you laugh?

  2. Harry Jones
    September 27, 2016 at 2:19 am

    datemodified: is a gem!