Windows 10 Tip Add Frequent Folders Recent Folders Back to Quick Links

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Companion video to show how to add recent places to Save As dialogue can be found in this video:

This tip is for those who need to add Recent Folders or Recent Places back to Quick Links so that you can have quick access to your most recently used folders in Windows 10.


  1. For the ones who cannot find recent folders/places, please follow the below instruction:

    Open File Explorer and type shell:::{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99} in the Address Bar. Press {ENTER}, and this opens the Recent folders shell folder. Click the Pin to Quick access button in the ribbon, to pin it in the Quick access area.

  2. There are no recent folders in links as described in the video. Windows 10 is such a big fail. Soooo sooo many downgrades and very few workarounds. Whoever thought they "improved" windows 10 should be fired.

    If windows 7 got dx12 I'd happily wait for MS to get their head out of the sand and into actually proper working win 11. In fact, since there are no dx12 games yet- I'm happy to do that right now.

  3. Sadly this only adds the Recent Folders link into Explorer. The link is missing when you try to use it in an Open or Save dialog box!! I have tried all sorts of tricks but it will never appear. I tried just putting the Links folder into Quick Access, but when you click on Links the "Recent folders" link is still hidden while the other links are there! I tried putting the "Recent folders" link on the Desktop and accessing it from their in an Open dialog. It showed up but when I clicked on it, it gave me a "catastrophic failure" error! Wow, I have never even seen one of those. It is like some kid snuck into MS and messed up all the code related to Recent Folders, just so he could ruin everybody's productivity, no matter how hard they tried to fix it!

  4. Thanks for taking the time to post this. Really easy and saved me a whole lot of time searching for the solution myself. Like everyone else on planet earth I'm also wondering what possessed MS to remove this from both the Quick links AND right click function. Having it back in the Quick links at least is going to improve my workflow no end, so thankyou.

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