For those of you who liked the convenience of quickly  retrieving a document you recently worked on in Windows XP, you can add it back  to your Start Menu in Windows 7.

Here’s how:

Use Recent Items. To find a file you just worked on, use Recent Items
(called My Recent Documents in Windows XP) in the Start menu. In previous versions of the Windows operating system,    Recent Items showed a list of your recently used files on the right side of the   Start menu. You could open a file from this list by clicking it. In
Windows 7, Recent Items no longer appears on the Start menu by default,
but you can add it. To add Recent Items to the Start menu:

  • Right-click the taskbar, and then click Properties
    to open the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.
  • Click the Start Menu tab. Under Privacy,
    select the Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the
    check box.
  • Click Customize. In the Customize Start Menu
    dialog box, scroll through the list of options to find the Recent Items
    check box, select it, click OK, and then click OK again.

Thanks to Giselle for this tip


Jim Woodhead is Vice President of Professional Services of DSD Business Systems, a national provider of on-demand (cloud) and on-premises ERP and CRM software, specializing in wholesale distribution, manufacturing, warehouse management, inventory, business intelligence and eCommerce software. DSD offers Sage 100 (formerly MAS 90), Sage 300 (formerly Accpac), Sage 500 (formerly MAS 500), NetSuite, Sage FAS, Sage HRMS (formerly Abra), Sage CRM, Sage SalesLogix, Extended Solutions, and Custom Programming.
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