In Windows 7 there is a list of most frequent programs and for each program there is a list of recent files using them.

Here, you can see, for example, list of last files opened in TeXmaker. The last file actually opened is not on this list though. MetodyStruers.tex is the third recent file opened in TeXmaker.

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Is there a way how to keep this list up to date?


The command:

del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\*

just deleted all the recent lists. The conclusion is, that the list is system-maintained. Individual programs keep their own lists elsewhere.

To update the list I have tried:

  • Double-click in explorer (Salamander). No effect;
  • Right-click -> Open With... -> %Program. Success;
  • File -> Open... Success;
  • File -> Open recent. No effect;
  • File -> New; File -> Save. Success;
  • File -> Save. No effect;
  • File -> Save as... Success.

This raised another questions:

  • What is The Difference between Open and Open with > commands in context menu?
  • What is The Difference between Save and Save as commands in the program?
  • What is The Difference between Open and Open Recent commands?

You should try to reset your recent list of files, and hope that this will resolve your issue

del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\*

and for custom

del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations\*
  • It just deleted the lists. The only ways to append the file to the list, I have found, is to use File->Open dialog or File->new and File->Save. If I open it using File->Recent, nothing happened. Same result for opening the file from explorer (Salamander). – Crowley Nov 2 '16 at 13:04

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