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If you type "Recent" in Windows 8 run command, explorer goes you to this location:


even this location is feeding from another source; and it is:


In windows explorer, under "Favorites", there is location called "Recent places" which contains the newly opened folders;

My question is: where is the exact source which this link folder refers to? (like above example)

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that the same directory? – gronostaj May 26 '13 at 18:12
no; "Recent places" just contains folders but "Recent Items" contains both folders and files; – wiki May 26 '13 at 18:14
Are these folders the same as in Recent items? Maybe explorer just filters files out. – gronostaj May 26 '13 at 18:29
it's not the matter of filtering; every lnk needs a reference location; – wiki May 26 '13 at 18:32
That's correct, I mean maybe Recent places use the same folder that Recent, but show only links that point to directories. – gronostaj May 26 '13 at 19:21
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Recent Places is a virtual folder, meaning there's no actual directory in the file system for it. As mentioned by @gronostaj, it's a folder-only filtered view of Recent.

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