For Seniors: Access Recently Used Files on Your Laptop
If you worked on a file recently on your laptop, Windows offers a shortcut to finding and opening it again. Recently used files are displayed just off the Start menu, but if they are not, you can turn on that Windows option.
Open the Start menu and right-click any blank area. From the resulting shortcut menu, choose Properties.
The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box appears.
Click the Start Menu tab (if that tab isn’t already displayed).
The Start Menu properties options are displayed.
Make sure that the Store and Display Recently Opened Items in the Start Menu and the Taskbar check box is selected and then click OK.
Windows tracks the names of files you work on, and displays them on the Start menu from now on.
Recently opened programs should be displayed in the Start menu by default, but if they aren’t, make sure that the Store and Display Recently Opened Programs in the Start Menu check box is selected.
Open the Start menu and hover your mouse over any recently opened program listed on the left side that has an arrow.
A submenu of recently opened items appears to the right. Choose a file from the submenu to open it.