10/14/2015

Pin Recent Documents To Start Screen in Windows 8.1

With the new Start Menu in Windows 8, many of Start Menu and Taskbar customization options has been removed, and one of them is the “Recent Documents”, which was available in previous versions of Windows. Now through a little tweak, you can again place this convenient shortcut again on your new Start Screen.

Press Windows+R key to open the Run command, and then type “RECENT” in the open box. This is the actual location of the Recent Documents system folder, which is hidden by default. If you click inside the address bar, then you can note down the entire address and location of this folder.

So, here is the trick. Copy the folder address from the address bar. Now right-click on the Desktop, point to New, and then click Shortcut. In the location box, paste the address you copied in the previous step. Click Next, change the name if you want, and then click Finish.

Right-click on the new Recent Documents shortcut, and then click Pin To Start, and here you have your Recent Documents back on your Start Screen. If you want then you can remove the shortcut from the Desktop, to keep it clean.