Windows 10: Windows not showing recent files in Quick Access

Discus and support Windows not showing recent files in Quick Access in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; For some reason as above, files I have recently opened in Quick Access are not showing. Can anyone help please? 144015 Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by mjbj403, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. mjbj403 Win User

    Windows not showing recent files in Quick Access


    For some reason as above, files I have recently opened in Quick Access are not showing.

    Can anyone help please?

    :)
     
    mjbj403, Nov 8, 2019
    #1
  2. Nikhar_K Win User

    Recent files and folders not showing in Quick access

    Hi,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    I understand that you are unable to see files and folders under the Quick access section.

    The Quick access section will show all the recent files accessed under the recent files section and the most recent folder on the left pane.

    As per the screenshot provided by you, I can see that the options are already checked. I suggest you to click on the
    Restore Defaults button to restore the settings back to default and check if that helps.

    You can also create a new user account and check if the options are working. Follow the steps from the article

    Create a local user or administrator account in Windows 10
    to create a new user account.

    Also, I suggest you to run DISM command to check for system file corruptions and repair them. Please follow the steps mentioned below to run DISM scan:

    1. Type Command prompt in the search bar.
    2. Right click on the Command prompt icon and select
      Run as administrator.
    3. Type the command DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
      and press Enter.
    4. Restart the PC.

    Hope it helps.

    Please reply with the status of the issue, we will be glad to help you further.

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Nov 8, 2019
    #2
  3. Files not showing in Quick Access

    Why are ordinary doc and xls files which I open, update and save not showing in my list of Recent Files in Quick Access? The File Explorer is set to Quick Access. Thanks in advance.
     
    Tony Vella, Nov 8, 2019
    #3
  4. Windows not showing recent files in Quick Access

    Quick Access Not Working

    Hi Dustin,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    Follow the below steps to repair the broken database of Quick Access.

    Method 1:

    Before repairing the database, try to disable and then re-enable Quick Access to see if it helps. To disable and re-enable Quick Access, follow the below steps:

    Step 1: To remove frequent folders and recent files list from Quick Access, open File Explorer > click on View tab in Ribbon >
    click on Options > Change folder and search options to open Folder Options.

    Step 2: You’ll have to uncheck the following two check-boxes present under the Privacy section to disable Quick Access:

    • Show recently used files in Quick Access.
    • Show frequently used folders in Quick Access.

    Step 3: Click Apply and Exit. The action will instantly remove these two sections from Quick Access in File Explorer. (To clear your Quick Access history press the ‘Clear’ button against Clear File Explorer History).

    Step 4: Then, check
    the following two check-boxes again to enable Quick Access that you did in
    Step2.

    • Show recently used files in Quick Access.
    • Show frequently used folders in Quick Access.

    Step 5: Restart the PC once and check the issue and if the issue persist, follow the
    Method 2.

    Method 2:

    The Method 2 will repair the broken database of Quick Access.

    Step 1: Open File Explorer and paste this folder path: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations in the address bar and hit Enter.

    Step 2: Once the folder is opened, press ‘Ctrl’ key and the ‘A’ from your keyboard to select all of its contents and delete it.

    Step 3: Do the same for this folder path as well: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations

    Step 4: Restart the PC once and check the issue.

    Hope it helps.

    Shafeeq Ali Khan

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Shafeeq_Khan, Nov 8, 2019
    #4
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