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How to Delete recent document files in Windows 7, 8, 9, 10

How to remove or delete recent documents 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.

How to Clear Recent Files


In Windows 2000

  1. Click the "Start" Button.
  2. Select 'Settings'.
  3. Select 'Taskbar and Start Menu'.
  4. Click Advanced tab in Taskbar properties windows.
  5. Click the Clear Button.

in Windows XP

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


Vista (Standard Start Menu)

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

Vista (Classic Start Menu)

  1. Click the 'Start' button.
  2. Select 'Settings'.
  3. Select 'Taskbar and Start Menu'.
  4. Open the 'Start menu' tab.
  5. Click 'Customize'.
  6. Click the 'Clear' button.
  7. Click 'OK'.


Delete Recent Files Windows 7, 8, 9, 10

  1. Go to the windows taskbar, usually at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Right click and select Properties
  3. Go to tab Jump Lists
  4. Uncheck "Store recently opened programs"
  5. 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.


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