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Sometimes you think of something you need to change in a file just after you close it.

When that happens, you’ll want to find and open that file as quickly as possible—before you forget your great idea or what you needed to change.

In this video, you’ll quickly find and open a recent file in Google Drive.

This can be useful if you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to look through all of your files for something you worked on an hour, a day, or even a week ago.

For example, if you suddenly realize you didn’t include a time on the flyer you created to advertise an upcoming student government meeting, find and open that flyer right from your recent files.

To start, open Google Drive.

Find and click on the Recent section to see your newest files.

The Recent section organizes files by when you last opened them.

For example, to find the file you shared with a partner earlier today, check the Today section.

If you worked on the file longer ago, the file will appear in the section that corresponds to the date you last opened it.

For example, if you had shared your group project two weeks ago, it would appear in the section labeled Earlier this month.

Checking your recent files can be useful when you don’t remember the name of a file you’re trying to find but know when you last opened it.

For example, if you don’t know the name of the file your partner shared with you but know you accessed it earlier today, you could find it under Today in the recent section of Drive.

Now, it’s your turn: Find and click on Recent, Look through the files saved here, And open the group project your partner shared with you earlier.

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