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Running Windows (5,6,7), I have always pinned Mathematica to the Start Bar. This feature offers the Recent files for a quick load. However, the list of files has never been up-to-date, i.e., I can never access my most recently opened Mathematica files.

I would agree that it is not very important, but then again it is a quite helpful feature. How do I get the entries to be up-to-date?

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I believe the Recent Files function works as intended. Perhaps you are expecting it to include files opened from inside Mathematica when in fact it shows files opened from within Explorer? – Mr.Wizard Dec 4 '12 at 13:27
The answer would be that the entires in the Start Menu reflect the files I opened using the Explorer and is no entry, which is influenced by Mathematica? – Ernst Stelzer Dec 4 '12 at 13:42
@Mr.Wizard I guess your comment contains the answer (i.e. the difference between Windows´ and Mathematica´s recent files). – Yves Klett Dec 4 '12 at 14:34

The answer seems to be that the entires in the Start Menu reflect the files one has opened using the Explorer, while filenames visible in the Mathematica File Menu stem from opening a file from within Mathematica. The entires in the Start Menu are not influenced by Mathematica or any other application. Therefore, the two lists usually show different file names.

For completeness, this is also the behavior in the Apple > Recent Items > Documents menu on OS X.

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it's perhaps useful to point out that other applications on OS X display all recently opened files in this menu (and also on the Dock menu); that is, also files opened by eg File->Open – acl Dec 4 '12 at 16:33

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