How to View Recently Viewed Pictures on Your Computer

If you are a parent who is concerned about your child's computer habits or a web designer who needs to reference items from your photo stock quickly, it may be useful to know how to access recently viewed pictures. There is a quick and easy way to do so without the need for expensive tracking software.

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Go to the "Start" menu and then click "Run"; type "explorer" (without the quotation marks) into the box, then "OK" to open Windows Explorer.

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Click "Search" on the top menu bar of Windows Explorer.

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Click "Pictures, music, or video" in the side panel, then check the box for "Pictures and Photos." Hit "Search" and allow Explorer to find all pictures files on your computer.

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Click the "Sort results by category" or similar option on the side panel. Choose "Date Modified." All of the pictures will sort from first viewed to last (most recently) viewed. Scroll to the very bottom of the window to see the most recently viewed pictures.

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Right-click the latest picture and click "Properties" or similar to view the last date that it was accessed. Do the same for any other pictures you want to get information about.

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Check your recycle bin. Often, recently viewed pictures that were discarded will still be here (unless the trash was emptied) but not show up on your search.