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Description helps opening a file that is recently visited
Author David Ponce
Maintainer FSF
Part of Emacs yes

recentf helps you to open files that are recently accessed.This package maintains a menu for visiting files that were operated on recently. When enabled a new "Open Recent" sub menu is displayed in the "File" menu. The recent files list is automatically saved across Emacs sessions. You can customize the number of recent files displayed, the location of the menu and others options (see the source code for details).

Basic setup

To enable this package, add the following to your .emacs

 (recentf-mode 1)


Alternative Ways to Access Recent Files

There are a variety of ways to use the recent file list maintained by Recentf.

Use Ido selection

To use Ido selection to choose a recent file, add the following function to your Emacs configuration file and bind it to your preferred key sequence. This example uses [C-c f].

(defun ido-choose-from-recentf ()
  "Use ido to select a recently visited file from the `recentf-list'"
  (find-file (ido-completing-read "Open file: " recentf-list nil t)))

  ;;; bind it to "C-c f"
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c f") 'ido-choose-from-recentf)

Show recent files when switching buffers

If you use Ido to switch buffers, there is an option to include recent files at the end of the buffer list. Try M-x customize-variable RET ido-use-virtual-buffers. See Ido#Virtual Buffers.

Use Helm selection

You can use Helm to select a recent file, see M-x helm-recentf.

See Also