How to Restore the Recently Changed files shortcut in Windows 7

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.

2. Paste the file contents to NotePad

3. Save the file as “Recently” (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)


  • Show Comments (3)

  • David

    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!!!

  • Hokiekeen

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

  • Mark Lund

    does this reference network locations

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