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RecentFilesView 1.30

View the list of recently opened files on your PC

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 04 August 2015
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Downloads To Date: 312
Developer: NirSoft
RSS News Feed: http://blog.nirsoft.net/feed
Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/nirsoft
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RecentFilesView
View the list of recently opened files on your PC

RecentFilesView is a small portable tool which displays the files recently opened by Explorer (anything double-clicked, or opened via a standard Open dialog box) as recorded in the Registry, and the "Recent" folder.

Launch the program and a table displays its full report. You'll see each file name, its modified, created and last executed times, where the record is held (the "Recent" folder or Registry), and whether the file is still located on your PC.

The table may be sorted by clicking any column header. Click "Execute Time", say, and the files will be sorted in the order they've been accessed.

RecentFilesView has the usual NirSoft options to save its data as an HTML or TXT report, for easy reference later.

A command line interface gives you further options. You could have the program automatically save its data in the background whenever your PC starts, perhaps, making it less likely you'll miss anything important.

RecentFilesView isn't necessarily about monitoring other people, however. If you're looking to maintain your privacy then you can use the program to selectively remove records you'd rather no-one else saw. Just choose them in the list, and press Del.

Version 1.30:
    - Added 'Advanced Options' window (F9), which allows you to load the recent files information from external source. Be aware that in order to read a Registry file (ntuser.dat) from external source on Windows Vista/7/8, you have to run RecentFilesView as Administrator.

Verdict:

If you need to see what others are doing on your PC then the easiest route is to open the Recent Items folder yourself (C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent). RecentFilesView does include extra information, though, and provides various reporting options, making it a useful monitoring tool.

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