I'd like to see history of folders I've opened in File Explorer.

For example yesterday I had 8 folders opened at the time I've turned off my machine, if I could see and open them again today, much like browsers session/history manager plugins, I'd be more productive.

I'm on Windows 10 by the way.

  • you have to first enable extended logging to get access time loged – mnmnc May 2 '17 at 10:49

There is a built-in capability within Windows 10 that can help you in this area. You can create a shortcut to your Recent Items that will show you the files and folders you have recently accessed:

  1. Create a desktop shortcut to %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\ and name it Recent Items
  2. Copy that shortcut to %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  3. Right-click the shortcut on the All Apps list and select Pin to start

When you utilize that shortcut to open your Recent Items window, you can sort it by the Date Modified column or you can even right-click the top row and add the Date Accessed column. This should give you something rather close to what you want to see.

  • That's pretty cool, if only "Type" column be different for each item type. They are all "Shortcut" and I can't separate folders and files. – Bogac May 2 '17 at 14:06
  • Needless to say, whatever you prefer. The Recent Items folder does include both files and folders, but is also very comprehensive since it defaults to showing the last 150 items accessed. As other contributors have already mentioned, anything else will probably involve either in-depth logging or third-party software. – Run5k May 2 '17 at 17:17
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    Brilliant, thanks for the information. I can confirm that this folder is what drives the "Quick access" feature in file explorer, so you can use the contents of this folder to manipulate what appears in quick access. – Doctor Jones Feb 24 '19 at 9:12
  • If you already have Windows Explorer pinned to the task bar, you can also browse to that shortcut then drag the folder onto the pinned Explorer icon and drop it to pin it to the jump list – CAD bloke Jul 24 '19 at 2:00

You can display the recent files/folders very easily without creating a shortcut, just invoke the command shell:recent in run box Win+R shell:recent

  • Would be great if you could also mention the Windows Versions running on both the PC and Laptop, and if you could see both the devices in the Personal hotspot connections on the Android and the IPs they are getting. – IUnknown Aug 8 '19 at 8:48

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