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RecentX

At a Glance
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RecentX is designed to give you one-click access to information on your PC. When not in use, RecentX sits in a small, unobtrusive sidebar on your Windows desktop; clicking on the sidebar launches the application. RecentX has four tabs across the top, which allow you to search for files, folders, applications, and Web sites respectively. You type in keywords and RecentX--in theory--will hunt down the document, folder, URL, or application that you're looking for.

That's the theory. In practice, my results weren't always impressive. Sometimes, RecentX tracked down files and folders in a flash--but other times, it was unable to locate documents that I knew were stored on my PC. RecentX is supposed to locate the files and folders you've accessed most recently, but that didn't always seem to be the case. When I searched for a file I had used within the last month, RecentX was unable to locate it--but the program did find a file with a similar name that I hadn't accessed since 2004.

When it finds what you're looking for, RecentX is incredibly handy. You can open files and applications from within RecentX. And you can explore folders right there, as well. You can even use it to attach files to e-mail messages. If only its performance weres more consistent, I'd put RecentX on top of my must-have utilities list.

--Liane Cassavoy

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder RecentX

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