Show or hide Recent Items on the Start menu

In previous versions of Windows, 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. Recent Items no longer appears on the Start menu by default, but you can add it.

Watch this video to learn how to show or hide Recent Items (0:50)

To add Recent Items to the Start menu

  1. Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.

  2. Click the Start Menu tab. Under Privacy, select the Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar check box, if it isn't already selected.

  3. 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. (To remove Recent Items from the Start menu, clear the Recent Items check box, click OK, and then click OK again.)

Tip

  • To clear the list of items shown in Recent Items, click Start, right-click Recent Items, and then click Clear recent items list.