How do I find recently saved documents or files?

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How to View Recently Saved Files in Windows 10? Windows 10 keeps track of important actions, including opening a file, modifying, or saving it. If you have recently created an important file onto your Windows 10 PC but not sure where you saved it? Do you forget the file name of a recently saved file? Have you ever wanted to view all recently saved files? You will find the answer to all these questions by referring to this gearupwindows post.

You can view recently saved files on your Windows 10 without using third-party software. The File Explorer can do this for you. The File Explorer is used to view recently saved photos, Word & Excel, and other types of files that you created on your PC. This article will show the possible ways to see or view the recently saved documents or files on Windows 10.

  1. Check your newest files in the Recent Files section of File Explorer.
  2. View your newest files in the Recent folder.
  3. See recently saved files using search.
  4. View recently saved Word/Excel documents.
  5. Look for recently saved Notepad files.
  6. View your newest files using a third-party tool.

How to check your newest files in the Recent Files section of File Explorer?

Please note that files downloaded from the internet with the help of a browser will not show up in File Explorer or Quick Access. To access downloaded files, you need to navigate to the Downloads folder. Here, you can sort files by Date modified to view recently downloaded files.

Similarly, you cannot use this method to view files transferred from an external drive to your PC unless you accessed those files after transferring them to your Windows 10 computer.

Step 1. Open File Explorer by pressing Windows logo + E keys simultaneously or any other method.

Step 2. Click on Quick Access from the left side pane.

Step 3. Click the Recent files to view the recently saved or opened files.

How to View your newest files in the Recent folder?

A Recent folder is a unique place in the Windows 10 PC. Here, you will not only see your media and documents, but you will also see other activities, including folders, programs, and even operating system functions (such as Bluetooth, Control Panel, Settings app, etc.). To access the Recent folder, complete the given below procedures.-

Step 1. Launch File Explorer by pressing Windows + E keys simultaneously.

Step 2. In the address bar, type %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\ and hit Enter from the keyboard.

Step 3. Now, in the Recent folder, perform a right-click on the blank area, then select Sort by and then Date modified option.

Step 4. Now the Recent Items is sorted based on the date.

If you would like to access Recent items more frequently, you can create a shortcut for the same on the Desktop.

How to see recently saved files using search?

This is a tricky method to access recently saved files using Windows Search. Do the following to see recently saved file:-

Step 1. Open the File Explorer by press Windows + E keys simultaneously and then navigate to This PC.


Step 2. In the top right order “Search This PC” box, type the following syntax by performing appropriate changes to the date:-

modified:28/5/2021 .. 30/5/2021

In the above example, we are searching for files or folders created or modified between 28th and 28th May. You may change the above days as per your requirement.

Note: The date format should be similar as you see in the bottom right corner of the PC. Otherwise, this trick will not work.

How to view recently saved Word or Excel documents on Windows 10?

Step 1. Open Word or Excel document.

Step 2. Right-click on its icon on the taskbar to view recently saved/created Word or Excel documents. The list (called Jump list) that opens displays up to 10 recent documents. The recent document shows up at the top of the list.

How to Look for recently saved or modified Notepad files?

Viewing the recently saved or modified Notepad files is similar to seeing Word/Excel documents. Do the following:-

Step 1. Open the Notepad program.

Step 2. Perform a right-click on the Notepad icon on the taskbar to open Notepad’s Jump list. With the default configuration of Windows 10, it will show up to 10 recently saved/created/modified files of Notepad.

How to view your newest files using the third-party software OpenSaveFilesView?

OpenSaveFilesView is a freeware application that helps in displaying detailed information of recently saved or modified documents. With this software, you will see the file’s name, extension, order, open time, modified file, created time, file size, and file attributes. This software looks into Windows Registry to show detailed information of a file. It is available from Windows 2000 to Windows 10, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

You can download the OpenSaveFilesView app using this link.

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