Where have my files gone?

Windows trick: this is how you can easily find missing files

It happened quickly: You saved a file without looking exactly in which directory. Fortunately, Windows offers a simple trick to find all recently edited files.

Users find the option in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It is hidden behind the key combination of the Windows key and the letter 'R'. With this command the "Execute" window opens. Type in "recent" and click "OK". Then the Windows history folder will open with all the files and folders that you have recently opened.

The folder is usually around the last three months, but if you have worked on a large number of documents, the period may be shorter. In the history folder you can either open a file directly with a double-click or right-click on the file to open the folder in which it was saved.

Create recently edited documents as a link

If you want to use this command more often, you can create a shortcut for it. To do this, drag the small icon of the history folder at the top left with the mouse button pressed onto the desktop or into the start menu. You can then rename the shortcut with the F2 key. Our photo show shows you in screenshots how you can find recently edited files and create a link.

Incidentally, the history folder differs from both the "Recently Visited" folder in Windows 7 and the "Quick Access" folder in Windows 10. Under "Recently Visited", Windows 7 only shows the storage locations, so users have to laboriously click through all the folders. And the quick access in Windows 10 only shows the last 20 files.

For Windows 7: Find files via search

There is another option in Windows 7. Click on "Start" and enter the command in the search box date today a. Windows will then display all of the files that were created or modified today. All folders and files actually appear in the list, i.e. in addition to Office documents and images, e-mails, calendar entries or tasks.

The search works equally with other parameters such as date: yesterday, date: tuesday or date: this week - just try it out.

With one click you open the file you are looking for

If the missing file is already shown in the start menu search, it can be opened directly by clicking on it. The entry "Show more results" indicates that more files were found.

Clicking on it opens the search result in a separate Explorer window. You can shorten this by simply pressing Return after typing in the search; the search result will then also open in a separate window.