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File History Shortcut - Create in Windows 8


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File History Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
This will show how to create or download a shortcut that will open directly to File History in PC settings or Control Panel in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
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How to Create a "File History" Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This will show how to create or download a shortcut that will open directly to File History in PC settings or Control Panel in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
How to Create a "File History" Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1


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This tutorial will show how to create or download a shortcut that will open directly to File History in PC settings or Control Panel in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.


EXAMPLE: File History in Windows 8 and 8.1
File_History.jpg
PC-settings_File_History.jpg






OPTION ONE
To Download a "File History" Shortcut

1. Do step 2 and/or 3 below for which File History shortcut you want.​
2. File History in Control Panel Shortcut
A) Click on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below, and go to step 4 below.​
File_History_Control_Panel_Shortcut.zip
download

3. File History in PC settings Shortcut
A) Click on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below, and go to step 4 below.​
File_History_PC-settings_Shortcut.zip
download

4. Save the .zip file to the desktop.
5. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the File History shortcut to the desktop.
6. For the first time that you run the shortcut, uncheck the Always ask before opening this file box, and click on Open to unblock the shortcut.​
7. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​
8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.







OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a "File History" Shortcut

1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.​
2. Copy and paste either command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)​
(File History in Control Panel)
%WinDir%\explorer.exe shell:::{F6B6E965-E9B2-444B-9286-10C9152EDBC5}


(File History in PC settings)
Note   Note
If you are not have a US English Windows 8.1 installed, then you will need to change the en-US folder name in the command below for the folder name with your language instead for this to work.


Code:
%windir%\explorer.exe %localappdata%\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Indexed\Settings\[B][COLOR="#FF0000"]en-US[/COLOR][/B]\AAA_SettingsPageRestoreFileHistory.settingcontent-ms
Shortcut-1.jpg
3. Type File History for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.
Shortcut-2.jpg

4. Right click or press and hold on the new File History shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.​
5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)​
File-History-Step-3.jpg

6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)​
%SystemRoot%\System32\FileHistory.exe
File-History-Step-4.jpg

7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)​
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.​
8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)​
9. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​



That's it,
Shawn


 
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Kevin Ismail

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Hi Shawn.

Do not know the cause, but I can't directly paste the copied command into the box. It just won't?
Though can paste it into open text file. So, I recopy it from from the text file, and paste into the box. It works..!
That was weird. :rolleyes:

Thanks Shawn

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You're welcome Kevin. I'm not sure why you are unable to copy and paste the location directly. :confused:
 

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Thanks Shawn, I've just done a clean install on a new SSD and added File History as a 'networked and shared' folder on a separate partition. Just couldn't remember how I added the short-cut last time around.
 

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I'm glad it could help Mooly. :)
 

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