moderated Re: How to locate a missing file


On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 07:27 AM, Dave Durber wrote:
Are the files in the Recent folder, treated as tempory files by Windows, and if so, are they deleted on a continuous basis after a given length of time for each file?
For all practical intents and purposes, yes.  The contents of Recent Files changes constantly as various files are accessed and older entries do get "pushed out."

But the aging off algorithm is not straightforward and is almost certainly dependent on what programs are in use and what length the jump/recent files lists for each are set to.

As has already been mentioned, if you want to do your own clean up in the Recent Files folder it's perfectly safe to do so.  The worst thing you might do is shorten the list of recent files shown in a given program since some of the items used to construct that will no longer be present.

Personally, I think it's much easier, and more sensible, to use either Windows Search or Search Everything to find files that have "gone missing."  There are occasions, particularly if you cut/paste or move by accident in File Explorer, where a Recent Files entry does not get created.  A Windows Search using the docs: or file: operator to limit the search to file names or using a utility like Search Everything does find those.  And the latter is dirt simple to use and the former not all that difficult, either.

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H1, Build 19043  

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