#183 Recent Places

open
nobody
None
5
2012-12-23
2012-04-19
Stamimail
No

History of Windows Explorer are supposed to be under Recent Places.
I have noticed that it only lists the folders or places when you open a file or perform an action inside it. If you visit a folder and move back or close the explorer without opening any file inside it, it will not be recorded under Recent Places. :-(

Can you add an option to record all Folders were visited and place them in Recent Places?
Recent Places = X Items/Folders.

So, we can get fast to the last folders we visited?

Discussion

  • It behaves like how Recent Documents behaves under all versions of Windows. Still, if you want folders, you can go to Customize Start Menu tab and remove the item called "DocumentsItem" and in its place, add a Custom Item that has "%userprofile%\Recent" in the Link: field. :) That will show folders as well as as files.

     
  • Stamimail
    Stamimail
    2012-04-19

    I think you didnt understand the Request.
    Example: if I just now visited in a SubFolder in Documents and Close the Explorer - I would not find this SubFolder in Recent Places... I need to navigate all the way again.
    My request is to have all history of the navigation, so that we can go back simply where we have been

     
  • The Recent Items history is maintained by Windows. Classic Shell only displays it. If the recently opened folder appears in %userprofile%\Recent, it will be shown, otherwise, unfortunately, Classic Shell can't modify the recent history. The closest you can find to what you want to is the jump list for Explorer which displays Recent/Frequent locations, although again it is not known in what cases Explorer displays frequent jump list vs when it shows Recent jump list. The Explorer address bar also displays certain recent folders, but not all (I think it only displayed typed URLs). You can also try QTTabBar which does have a feature if I remember to remember full per-tab history.

     
  • Stamimail
    Stamimail
    2012-04-20

    I am aware that it is needed to build a new and special list of History. And that is Excatly my feature request to include this feature in Classic Shell.
    Is it very difficult to create this (New History List)?

     
  • I think another option is to add shortcuts to Recent Places Folder for each time you open a folder...

     
  • Stamimail
    Stamimail
    2012-05-04

    Is the last idea possible?

     
  • Ivo Beltchev
    Ivo Beltchev
    2012-05-04

    I still don't quite understand what you are asking.

     
  • Stamimail
    Stamimail
    2012-05-04

    I want to trace my navigation. So each Folder I opening need to be added to the Recent Places Folder, So I can Later find immediatly the recent place I visited (Setting View by Modified Date - UpsideDown).

     
  • Ivo Beltchev
    Ivo Beltchev
    2012-05-04

    What is the criteria for adding a folder to the history? If you go to "C:" then "Program Files" then "Classic Shell" then "Skins", do you "open" all of these folders, or just the last one?

     
  • Stamimail
    Stamimail
    2012-05-04

    Yes, I "open" all of these folders...
    So, When I open "c", a shortcut of "c" need to be added to "Recent Places".
    Next, When I open "Program Files" a shortcut of "Program Files" need to be added to "Recent Places".
    Next, When I open "Classic Shell" a shortcut of ""Classic Shell" need to be added to "Recent Places".
    (and so on...)

    So that in "Recent Places" I will see "Classic Shell" (at top), "Program Files", "c".

    Note: I'm not sure if "c" could be added to "Recent Places".
    Note: Don't allow duplicate shortcuts in "Recent Places" (Example: If I go back to the previous folder, "Program Files", so only one "Program Files" need to be in "Recent Places" ,at top, because it was the last I visited)

    Is it possible?

     
  • Ivo Beltchev
    Ivo Beltchev
    2012-05-04

    Alright, here's how it can work. Anytime you visit a folder, I will add it to the registry. I will keep up to 50 folders. Then there will be a dropdown button you can add to the toolbar. It will open a menu of the last N (N<=50) folders, sorted by date.

    That's basically how the MRU feature in the start menu works.

     
  • Stamimail
    Stamimail
    2012-05-05

    Why do I think adding to the existing "Recent Places" is better?

    Because "Recent Places" is availabe in more Dialog-Box-es of Windows like Save as etc... (and the toolbar is not).

    I think creating an option that add the folders to the existing "Recent Places" - will not be so bad or harmful.

    In the worst case, you can inform the user about it.

     
  • Ivo Beltchev
    Ivo Beltchev
    2012-05-05

    How would you access that folder? Only older programs have it in their Save As dialogs.

     
  • Stamimail
    Stamimail
    2012-05-05

    Example:
    Intertnet Explorer (IE8): File --> Save as...
    I get Dialog Box without the Toolbar. But I do have the "Recent Places" (under Favorites) in my navigation pane.

    From what I see, it refers to the location:
    C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    and it displays only the folders.

    I tried manually to paste there a shortcut - but I couldn't. It dosn't let me.

    If you have a technique to bypass this, I think it will work.

     

  • Anonymous
    2012-05-30

    Hey stamimail, if you are watching this thread, then I hope you read this. I didn't realize what you were asking for exactly earlier and today I realized that Explorer in Vista and later keeps a history of all recent locations in a special folder called "Recent Places". It is already added to Explorer Favorites. I think you were asking a way to add this folder to the Start Menu. That's easy to do. Create a custom item and in the Link: field, enter shell:::{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}.

     
  • Stamimail
    Stamimail
    2012-05-30

    "... Explorer in Vista and later keeps a history of all recent locations in a special folder called "Recent Places". "

    That is not true. And this is exactly my problem... not all recent locations are saved. try it. Only those that have been changed are saved.

     
  • Stamimail
    Stamimail
    2012-06-06

    I'm not sure, but maybe it has another name: Folder Cache.

     
  • Stamimail
    Stamimail
    2012-12-23

    1 more thing I have noticed. When I click on Back/Next button (or choosing from the dropping list) - If I pressing Ctrl - It should be opened in New window, and now it doesn't. (and so on for the breadcrumb bar)