How to Restore the Recently Changed files shortcut in Windows 7

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July 26, 2011 // Tech Help, Web

Looking to restore the shortcut in your explorer window that says “Recently Changed”? I was too. In a nutshell, you must save this code snippet, which creates the Recently Changed file search, and then drag that shortcut to your favorites bar. Here are the instructions:

1. Download the raw version of this code below.

http://pastebin.com/embed_js.php?i=NSfwr6eF

2. Paste the file contents to NotePad

3. Save the file as “Recently Changed.search-ms” (keep the quotes so it makes that the correct file type)

4. Save the file to C:\Users\{YOUR NAME}\Searches

5. Drag the shortcut to your favorites bar (same place “Recent Places” appears)

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3 Comments

  1. I just wanted to say thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for! Your article is still helping people almost 4 years after you wrote it! I was very disappointed when I found out that our current version of Windows didnt’ have the recently changed folder, but when I realized it was this simple to add it back it made my day. THANK YOU!!!

  2. Thank you!!! quick and easy. livesaving for me.

  3. does this reference network locations
    ?

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