The 'Recent' folder in Windows includes all the files that have been recently accessed by the currently logged in user, allowing the quick finding of a file or a document you edited or viewed lately.
However, an application such as Portable RecentViewerLite can help you perform this task much easier, since it automatically extracts the contents of the aforementioned directory and displays it within a structured table, with sorting and filtering options.
This application can be used for quickly reopening any of the files you recently accessed. its main window displays all the shortcuts found within the 'Recent' folder, together with their extension, location on the disk, size, modification, creation and last access date.
Double-clicking on any of the files opens it using the default designated program, while the same action performed on the file path opens that particular folder in Windows Explorer.
Portable RecentViewerLite can also be considered a cleaning tool, since it enables you to erase any of the found files and thereby, free up storage space on the hard disk. While you can obtain the same result using Explorer, some of you might find this method more convenient.
The application also enables you to view recent files opened from the desktop, the 'Documents' folders, the Start menu or favorite links in Internet Explorer. Any record can be easily copied to the clipboard or opened in a Notepad file.
Portable RecentViewerLite helps you find and run documents you worked on lately, without having to explore the 'AppData' folder. Furthermore, this special version of RecentViewerLite does not require installation and can be used directly from a removable device.