Re: How to locate a missing file
Have you tried the instructions given by Mike B in this message: https://jfw.groups.io/g/main/message/91029?
If you have nothing in the Recent Items folder I would almost have to say something is wrong with your Windows installation. This folder gets populated automatically, by Windows, on a constant and ongoing basis.
And I just tested out what I suggested previously. I saved a file from Notepad on my desktop. I opened the Recent Files folder (and if you sort it by Date Modified as opposed to File Name the ordering is more logical for what a Recent Files folder is all about) and located the item for that file, which is a shortcut (AKA symbolic link). I deleted the item in Recent Files and it has no impact whatsoever on the actual file itself where it was saved, which is precisely what I had expected.
Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H1, Build 19043
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