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Displaying Recent Documents in XP

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement, Windows Explorer
 
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Quentin from WI asks:

How do I display “My Recent Documents” in the Start menu in Windows XP? I’ve searched all over the place!!

The solution is blindingly simple, but I’ll give ya credit for trying! To display your recent documents folder in Windows XP, follow these steps:

Right click on the Start button and select Properties, or if the Start menu is already up, simply right click on any blank area and select Properties. Either way is fine!

From the Properties menu, select the Start Menu tab at the top and then select Customize. Click the Advanced tab.

Under Recent Documents, check the “List my most recently opened documents” check box, then click OK until you exit the window.

The next time you swing the Start Menu out, My Recent Documents should be displayed.

You can also do this in Vista and Windows 7 by following these steps: Right click on the Start button and select Properties. From the Properties menu, select the Start Menu tab at the top, and check the box beside Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar (the wording may be slightly different in Vista). Click the Customize button.

In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, check Recent Items and click OK.

Click OK in Taskbar and Start Menu Properties and a new button appears in your Start menu.

I hope that helps!

~Andrew

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