Recent items (folders and documents) on Windows 8 and 7
Some people think that Windows no longer collects recent items, having replaced this function with the jump lists available for each program separately at the taskbar. This is not true.
Windows 7 and Windows 8 still have a recent items folder, which is located at %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
You can make a shortcut to this folder to open it easily, even if you don’t want Recent Items to appear on the Windows 7 Start Menu. You can also pin the Recent Items folder to a Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar, to have it available at the top of the folders jump list.