Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Disable an application's recent list

22 Jan 2010   #1

win 7 64
Disable an application's recent list

Since I spent some time on this I figured I would share.

I wanted to disable a specific application's recent list.

The recent list for each application is stored in a database file located here:

I opened a file - to add it to the recent list that I wanted to eliminate.
Sorted the files in the above location by date modified.
Changed the permissions - so my user account was DENY'd Read access - BLAM no more recent list for that application.

I win \o/

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Good one !!! Keep it up
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)

Or you can right click on the taskbar go Properties, "Start Menu", Tab then go "Customize", then putt the "Number of recently used programs to display" to 0.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Jan 2010   #4

win 7 64

Crispy - that works if you want to shut off recent items in general.

My method allows you control one application's behavior.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Disable an application's recent list

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Clearing Windows 7 Recent Places list (not Recent Items or Programs)
I have searched everywhere on the Internet, including Microsoft Support and Community, for a solution to this problem. I am looking for a way to clear the Recent Places list. I can clear Recent Items. In fact, almost all of the solutions for clearing Recent Places that a search turns up actually...
General Discussion
Common Dialog Boxes - Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files
How to Enable or Disable Common Dialog Boxes Dropdown List of Recent Files The common open file dialog box is the one that opens when you click on File (menu bar), and say either Open, Save, Import, or Export. This will show you how to enable or disable the common open file dialog boxes...
Recent programs list
Is there a way to control a single program from appearing on the recent programs list? I use Keepass for password management and have the program set to not remember the path of the database or key file. However, whenever I run the program, it gets populated on the recent programs list pointing...
General Discussion
empty recent photo list
Hi all Is that possible to clean the recent photo list on Windows live photo gallery? Thank you very much!
Music, Pictures & Video
Recent List
In the start menu, you get a list of your programmes and an arrow pointing to recently opened files that have been opened by that programme ( not trying to point out the obvious lol ) but I have noticed that even after you delete the files that are listed, they stay listed, would it not be...
General Discussion
Recent Document List
With XP - Start Menu Properties - Customise - Advanced - there was the option to remove the list of recently opened documents. Is that option located somewhere else with Windows 7?
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:57.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App