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Doesn't Windows 8 keep track of the apps that I'm using like the earlier versions of Windows which automatically listed the most frequently used software's in the Start menu?

I can't seem to find a "Recent Documents" feature as well. Is it not available in Windows 8 or am I missing something?

Any help is appreciated.

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See Is there a windows 8 equivalent of 'Recent Items'/'My Recent Documents'? for recent documents. That question does not address apps, however. I think you are expected to manually arrange the apps you use more often as tiles on the the start screen, much like the Android home screen. – Bob Oct 27 '12 at 9:48
Thanks. Yes the solution mentioned there [WIN + R] does seem to work, but sadly it seems its not as user friendly as in previous Windows versions. – Rakib Ansary Oct 27 '12 at 9:51
Regarding apps. Is there any way to designate a portion on the start screen where the most frequently used apps automatically show up? – Rakib Ansary Oct 27 '12 at 9:53
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The feature was removed, because there is no longer a start menu.

Your options are:

  • An application's recent documents/files jump list is still available, but only if pinned to the taskbar (since there is no start menu anymore)
  • You can setup a shortcut to "Recent" in your user folder, which lists everything you have accessed.
  • Restore the start menu, using a 3rd party application, which includes the recent documents, just like in Windows 7. Start menu replacements include:


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For "mostly used" apps I found this feature that Windows 8 have, nothing else.enter image description here

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