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Windows 7: Clear Recents Items

08 Aug 2014   #1
Swizz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Clear Recents Items

First and foremost I hope I have posted in the right section.

Hello all..I have only recently noticed when you delete a file, weather it is a Folder/Wordpad/ Video/Music file,/Photo etc etc..Then once you click onto Search and type in the name of the file that you just deleted, the file will still shows in Search. When I attempt to click on the file that is still showing.. A message will pop up, which as follows..."That this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly. Do you want to delete this shortcut? I click "Yes" And it deletes as normal.

Now another way I can completely remove a file/folders/photos etc from through into Search is to go through - AppData-Roaming-Microsoft-Windows-Recent Items..When I finally reach the Most Recent folder..There is an option to Clear recents items list, for when you right click.

Excuse my ignorance but is there a way to automatically update the Recent Items folder and have it delete the items, for when they have been deleted? Or is this a normal occurrence? Like I stated I have never noticed this before

Thank you, all


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08 Aug 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Swizz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

For searches, this would usually be from the index not being up to date yet to reflect the deleted file no longer there.

Rebuilding the index to force it to update now should sort this for you.
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08 Aug 2014   #3
Swizz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

HI Brink and thank you for the welcome I did what was instructed regarding to rebuild the index. Once I got to Indexing Option..I hit Advanced and Rebuild. It does state that it can take several hours to a long time. The scan for me lasted no more then 10 to 15 minutes. Does that sound right to you?

Unfortunately that did not solve it. Is there another way to rectify this issue?

Thanks again for your time and effort.
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08 Aug 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

If you like, you could turn off recent items if you don't use it to see if that permanently helps.

Recent Items - Turn On or Off
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08 Aug 2014   #5
Swizz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Before I apply that instruction, Brink...I don't have Recent Items in my Start Menu. But... by unchecking both..Store and display recently opened programs in the start menu & Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar..Would that also disable the Recent Item (Icon) folder? through the route of..AppData-Roaming-Microsoft-Windows?

Thanks
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08 Aug 2014   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It will clear it, and keep it from being repopulated.
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08 Aug 2014   #7
Swizz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Brink that did the trick *Two thumbs up* Would it be okay if if this thread was left open for a few days? And I will report back

Thanks Bud
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08 Aug 2014   #8
Swizz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I forgot to add..That I Unchecked "Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar" And left "Store and display recently opened programs in the start menu" Checked.
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08 Aug 2014   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's fine. Recent programs is different than recent items, so it shouldn't be a problem.
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10 Aug 2014   #10
Swizz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Brink as expected it's stayed good.

Thank you for your help.
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