Ubuntu – No recent files in GNOME Shell


I upgraded from an almost default install of 11.10 to 12.04. All went well. I can boot into GNOME Shell. Get Activities overview, except that there are no recent files!

In 11.10, I used to get Recent files. What is missing? How do I get the recent files back?

Best Answer

You can integrate file search into Gnome shell by installing this extension:


If you also want your recently opened files in the jump list of the appropriate program (very handy) install this extension:


Make sure you have installed gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0 before installing the extension:

sudo apt-get install gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0
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