This tutorial will help you to access recently opened files in your Windows 8 system.

Open recent files windows 8

Recent folder contains the frequently accessed files or last opened documents. There are certain music, certain books, and certain documents that we use regularly. So instead of opening them from their respective locations, if you can get them all together under a single folder, it’ll be easier. So the following steps will show you how to see Recently used files.

Steps to see recently used files on windows 8

1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run window. Now type “Recent” in the box provided. Press Enter.

Open Recent Folder

2. The Recent folder with all recently used documents will appear.

Recent Files


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  2. Dear Madame, I am happy to read your posts. But this “recent” in run command box does not display recent documents. I have Windows 8 wmc. The error message is ” Windows cannot find ‘recent’. Make sure you’ve typed the name correctly, then try again.” Kindly advise.


    • It should work.. Type “C:\Users\(user account)\Recent” in your Windows Explorer location bar and hit Enter. Check it, if Recent folder opens or not.

      Replace “(user account)” with your Windows 8 local account user name.


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