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Remove Recent Documents Files Windows 7, 8, 9, 10

How to remove recent documents and files in main operative systems.

What is Recent Documents ?

Windows stores a list of items, documents including word and files that you have recently opened and worked with. Anyone who has access to your computer can see this list and link to any of the items that you have opened.

 

Why you should Clear Recent Documents

When you open documents, files, items and pictures, etc., Windows always saves documents for example word and files you opened into the 'My Recent Documents' folder. The Windows Start menu stores a list of the recently opened files. Recent documents list provides a quick way to reopen any document. But it could compromise your privacy as any user who has access to your PC can easily reopen any of your documents.

Clear Recent Files

 

How to delete Recent Documents list in Windows 2000

Click the "Start" Button.
Select 'Settings'.
Select 'Taskbar and Start Menu'.
Click Advanced tab in Taskbar properties windows.
Click the Clear Button.

 

How to delete Recent Documents list in Windows XP

Right-click the 'Start' button and select 'Properties'.
Click 'Customize'.
Open the 'Advanced' tab.
To delete 'My Recent Documents folder' history, click the 'Clear List' button and then click 'OK'.

 

How to delete Recent Documents list in Vista (Standard Start Menu)

To delete 'Recent Items' (recent documents and files history) from the Start menu
Click the 'Start' button.
Right-click 'Recent items'.
Click 'Clear Recent Items List'.

 

How to delete Recent Documents list in Vista (Classic Start Menu)

Click the 'Start' button.
Select 'Settings'.
Select 'Taskbar and Start Menu'.
Open the 'Start menu' tab.
Click 'Customize'.
Click the 'Clear' button.
Click 'OK'.

 

Delete Recent Files Windows 7, 8, 9, 10

Go to the windows taskbar, usually at the bottom of your screen.
Right click and select Properties
Go to tab Jump Lists
Uncheck "Store recently opened programs"
Uncheck "Store and Display recently opened items in jump lists
This will stop recording recent document. If you want to start storing again select and check both options.