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When you open a document, Windows adds it to the list of Recent Documents on the Start Menu to quickly access it from the Start menu later.

While providing a facility to quickly access your recently opened documents, the Recent documents history may cause a privacy issues as it shows your recent documents. One essential step in protecting your privacy is to clear recent documents from the Start menu. Also you may want to disable recent documents history. Once you disable the recent documents history, the files you open will not be added to the recent documents list on the Start menu.

You can get rid of your recent documents history manually or using special tools which help you clear or disable recent documents. Some tools provide both manual and automatic options for clearing recent documents in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, 2008, 2003, 2000, ME, 98. To clear recent documnts automatically you should set up the scheduler options.

How to clear and disable recent documents manually

When you open a document or a file, Windows adds it to 'My Recent documents' list located in the Start menu. If you are working on a public computer, you may want to clear or disable recent documents history. This article explains how to clear and disable recent documents history on the Start menu.

Clear Recent Documents manually

Note: Clearing the Recent Documents list does not delete the documents from your computer.

Clear Recent documents on Windows XP.

To clear the Recent Documents history on Windows XP manually, follow the steps below:

1. Right-click the Start button and select 'Properties'.

2. Then click 'Customize.

3. Open the 'Advanced' tab and under Recent documents, click 'Clear List' and then OK.

Note: This action clears the My Recent Documents folder. It does not delete your recent documents from the computer.

Clear Recent documents on Windows Vista.

Recent Items, which is located on the right side of the Start menu, displays a list of the files that you have used recently. You can open a file from this list by clicking it. To prevent others from viewing your recent documents and files you may want to clear recent documents.


Standard Start Menu
To clear 'Recent Items' (recent documents and files) from the Start menu, click the Start button, then right-click 'Recent items' and click 'Clear Recent Items List'.

Classic Start Menu

The Recent documents list located on the right side of the Start menu contains the list recently used documents. You can easily open any file from the Recent Documents list by simply clicking on it. The Recent Documents list appears on the Start menu by default.

To clear Recent Items (recently opened documents and files):

1. Right-click the Start button and select 'Settings'.

2. Select 'Taskbar and Start Menu Properties'.

3. Open the 'Start menu' tab and click 'Customize'.

4. To clear recently opened documents and files history click the 'Clear' button.

Disable Recent Documents

The Recent documents list appears on the Start menu by default, but you can disable it, which will stop Windows from compiling a list of your recently opened files.

Disable Recent documents on Windows XP.

To disable the Recent Documents list from showing on the Windows XP Start menu:

1. Right-click the Start button and select 'Properties'.

2. Then click 'Customize.

3. Open the 'Advanced' tab and remove the check mark for the 'List my most recently opened documents' option, then click OK.

Disable the Recent Items on Windows Vista.

To prevent Windows Vista from storing the Recent Items list in the Start menu:

Standard Start Menu

1. Right-click on the Start button and then select 'Properties'.

Then open 'Start menu' tab and in the 'Privacy' area remove the check mark for 'Store and display a list of recently opened files'.

Classic Start Menu

1. Right-click the Start button and select 'Settings'.

2. Select 'Taskbar and Start Menu Properties'.

3. Open the 'Start menu' tab and in the 'Privacy' area remove the check mark for 'Store and display a list of recently opened files'.

If you want to keep recently opened files list again, you can add 'Recent Items' back to the Start menu.

Display Recent Documents

Show the Recent Documents list on Windows XP.

1. Right-click the Start button and select 'Properties'.

2. Then click 'Customize.

3. Open the 'Advanced' tab and select 'List my most recently opened documents', then click OK.

Note: next time you click the Start button, you will be able to see the Recent Documents folder.

If you want to begin compiling a list of your recently opened documents and files again, you can add Recent Items back to the Start menu.

Show Recent Items on Windows Vista.

Standard Start Menu

1. Right-click on the Start button and then select 'Properties'.

Then open 'Start menu' tab and in the 'Privacy' area select the check mark for 'Store and display a list of recently opened files'.

Classic Start Menu

1. Right-click the Start button and select 'Settings'.

2. Select 'Taskbar and Start Menu Properties'.

3. Open the 'Start menu' tab and in the 'Privacy' area check 'Store and display a list of recently opened files'.

If you want to keep recently opened files list again, you can add 'Recent Items' back to the Start menu.

This will add recent items (recent documents, recent files) to 'Start' menu.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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