I'm very sorry, I can't tell you why Windows does this.
However, if you want a "Recent" sub-menu on your 'Start Menu' that DOES
display folders as well as files, do the following :
1). Create a new folder on your 'Start Menu' and name it 'Recent2' (Or
whatever you like)
2). In this folder, create a shortcut to the "Recent Documents" folder
(i.e. While in the folder right-click and select 'New' > 'Shortcut' then
type in the box - "%USERPROFILE%\Recent" including the "quotes" - click
'next' > 'finish')
3). Re-name this shortcut to - target
4). Copy and paste the following into a text file using Notepad and
give it the name "desktop.ini"
*Tip; When you come to 'Save As...' this new file, type in the 'File
name:' box - "desktop.ini" within the double quotes. This will ensure
that it will be called "desktop.ini" and not "desktop.ini.txt" .
So you should now have your new folder called "Recent2" with two files
in it - the shortcut to the 'Recent Docs' folder renamed target.lnk
(you won't see the [.lnk] part, you'll just see it as "target") and the
5). Lastly, make the folder 'read-only'. This is a bit harder than it
sounds because it won't work in explorer, you have to open a 'Command
Prompt' window (dos-box). Then navigate to the folder you have created.
The easiest way is to type : cd ...then follow it by copying and
pasting the contents of the address bar into the prompt's window after
it. e.g. :
cd c:\documents and settings\tim\start menu\recent2
....go 'back' one folder by typing 'cd' again with two periods after,
like this :
....then type the command :
attrib +r recent2
....to make the folder read-only.
Now, when you look on the 'Start Menu' you will find a similar sub-menu
to the one called "Documents" but this one will display all the recently
visited folders as well as files you have opened....
Cheers, Tim Meddick, Peckham, London.
"balkaster" wrote in message
> Why does Windows create shortcuts to recently opened folders in the
> physical "My Recent Documents" folder, if recent folders are not
> displayed in the corresponding Start Menu menu? I think MS has been
> doing this since Windows 98. Having access to recently opened folders
> would actually be useful. Is there a way to enable this, or is the
> creation of (currently) useless links a vestigial leftover from
> forgotten technology that was planned but never fully developed?