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Solo Tip Tuesday: Access Recently Opened Documents Using Windows’ ‘Recent Items’ Feature

by Reba Nance on January 29, 2013

There are a number of ways to quickly access documents you’ve recently opened. In a previous tip, I explained how to easily access documents when you already have that application open. However, there’s an easy way to access recent documents even if the application isn’t open. This feature is automatically activated in Windows XP, but you must proactively change a setting in Windows 7. Here’s how:

  • Go to the Desktop
  • Right click on the Windows Start icon located at the bottom left-hand corner
  • Choose Properties
  • On the Start Menu tab, click on Customize
  • Scroll down and check the box in front of Recent Items
  • Select OK
  • Select Apply and then OK again

Now the next time you want to access a recently opened document:

  • Go to the Desktop
  • Click on the Windows Start icon
  • Hold your cursor over Recent Items (in the grey area to the right)
  • A list of your 15 most recently opened documents will appear
  • Select the one you want and it opens automatically

I guarantee you’ll use this function daily!

You can see this tip and others, on topics ranging from Outlook and Word help to App reviews and online tools, all here.

Longtime readers of the Colorado Bar Association’s C-Brief, its weekly eNewsletter, know each week there is a tip from Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance. Those tips are moving beyond the newsletter and now have a permanent home within the Practice Management section of CBA’s website. We’ll share some of the best tips each week here as Solo Tip Tuesday.

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