Emacs: Open Recently Opened File

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page shows you how to open recently opened files.

Alt+x recentf-mode to turn it on. Then, Alt+x recentf-open-files to list recently opened file.

To open the file, just press a digit key. Or, move cursor to the line and press Enter.

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emacs Alt+x recentf-open-files

Turn on Recentf for Future Sessions

To turn it on for future sessions, put this in your emacs init:

(recentf-mode 1) ; keep a list of recently opened files

Assign a Key Shortcut

It's good to give it a easy key to call recentf-open-files. For example:

;; set F7 to list recently opened file
(global-set-key (kbd "<f7>") 'recentf-open-files)

For more key choices, see Emacs: How to Define Keys.

Open File topics

  1. File Manager, dired
  2. Bookmark Tutorial
  3. Open Recently Opened File
  4. Open File Fast
  5. Open Last Closed File
  6. Open File Path Under Cursor

Buffer topics

  1. List Buffers
  2. Switch Buffer
  3. New Empty Buffer
  4. Next/Previous User Buffer
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