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balkaster
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 6:10 pm    Post subject: Recent folders in "My Recent Documents"
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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?


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Tim Meddick
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Recent folders in "My Recent Documents" [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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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"

[.ShellClassInfo]
CLSID2={0AFACED1-E828-11D1-9187-B532F1E9575D}
Flags=2
InfoTip=@Shell32.dll,-12692

*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
"desktop.ini"


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 :

cd ..

....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. Smile




"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?
>
>
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> balkaster
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:10 am    Post subject: Re: Recent folders in "My Recent Documents" [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Thank you for the reply and the extra effort, but this doesn't seem to
be working as described.

Any folder you create in the Start Menu is a subfolder of the "All
Programs" menu, not of the top level of the Start Menu. After creating
Recent2 as instructed, the contents are exactly what you said:
"desktop.ini" and the shortcut named "target". And that's all. No
matter how many folders I open, the contents never changes. Clicking on
"target" just opens "Recent" in an Explorer window. It's not a submenu.

It's also somewhat easier to make a folder read-only: right click on
the folder, select "Properties", tick the "Read-only" box, and save.
But with or without the read-only attribute, this does not produce a
menu.


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Tim Meddick
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Recent folders in "My Recent Documents" [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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If you follow the instructions to the letter, you will find that the
resultant folder when placed anywhere within the 'Start Menu' - when
viewed from within the 'Start Menu' - will show it's contents to be (not
the real contents ; desktop.ini & target.lnk ) the contents of the
'Recent files' folder, but with recently visited 'folders' as well.

Maybe you have not made the folder 'read-only' ?

In my version of Windows, you can't actually make 'tick' in the
"read-only check-box" stick!

(Admittedly it 'looks' like it's read-only, but the box is "half
greyed" - meaning that the sub-folder hierarchy is read-only but NOT the
folder itself)

You really do need to do it from the 'Command Prompt'

If you can type :


ATTRIB Recent2


....and it comes out as :


R C:\Documents and Settings\Tim\Start Menu\RECENT2


....then I apologize, however, I rather think not. You will then have to
type :


ATTRIB +R Recent2


Then it will not display the files (desktop.ini & target.lnk) but the
contents of the 'Recent file list' but with recently visited folders as
well.

I cannot stress how important it is with this process to have the folder
made read-only - it will not work otherwise.

You can also check whether a folder or file is REALLY read-only by
right-clicking on the top column headings and choosing 'Attributes' to
show an 'attributes' column in Explorer when showing 'details'.

==

Cheers, Tim Meddick, Peckham, London. Smile




"balkaster" wrote in message

>
> Thank you for the reply and the extra effort, but this doesn't seem to
> be working as described.
>
> Any folder you create in the Start Menu is a subfolder of the "All
> Programs" menu, not of the top level of the Start Menu. After
> creating
> Recent2 as instructed, the contents are exactly what you said:
> "desktop.ini" and the shortcut named "target". And that's all. No
> matter how many folders I open, the contents never changes. Clicking
> on
> "target" just opens "Recent" in an Explorer window. It's not a
> submenu.
>
> It's also somewhat easier to make a folder read-only: right click on
> the folder, select "Properties", tick the "Read-only" box, and save.
> But with or without the read-only attribute, this does not produce a
> menu.
>
>
> --
> balkaster
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