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Windows 7: How to remove recent items from programs

08 May 2009   #1
andythecurefan

7 Pro Build 7600.16385x64 [2.0 WEI]
 
 
How to remove recent items from programs

I followed the tutorial here

but that's not necessarily what I need, I wanted to know if there was a way to turn off recent docs that can be viewed when highlighting on a certain program. For example, Paint in the screenshot.




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08 May 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Andy,

Sorry, but you cannot stop programs from being added to the Recent Programs list with Recent Programs turned on. However, you can right click on a listed recent program and click on Remove from this list to remove it for now.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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05 Jul 2010   #3
zedman

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I am asking too as the topic title, how can I remove items from the startbar, BUT... >
I know, right-click, "Remove from this list". But it isn't work! It was working, I used this function many times, but something happened, because if I click on this function, nothing happen. I checked the proper settings (Start Menu Settings etc, and even the editing gpedit.msc Enable/Disable option) but everything is fine.
It should be work. But not.

What's wrong, what happened?
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05 Jul 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Zedman,

You might see if resetting these may be able to help. It will clear and reset all recent items though.

Jump Lists - Reset and Clear All Items

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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05 Jul 2010   #5
zedman

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks.
But after I run this command I get the error message: The system cannot find the path specified...
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05 Jul 2010   #6
zedman

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Hmmm.
Something definitely went wrong.

Also, I cannot able to "Pin this program to startbar", there is no such item from the popup window when I right click on an item in the startmenu recent programlist...
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05 Jul 2010   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Zedman,

Can you post back a screenshot of the item with it's context menu showing that does not have the "Pin to Start Menu" option? This might be able to help determine what may be wrong with it.



For the Recents, try turning Recent Programs and Items off and apply, then turn them back up. This should also clear out all recents.
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05 Jul 2010   #8
zedman

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks, yeah, I tried that option too, the list cleared out, but the problem still exists...


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05 Jul 2010   #9
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

They look to be pinned to the Start Menu. What happens when you right-click on each of them in turn and select Remove from this list?
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05 Jul 2010   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Zedman,

The "Pin to Start Menu" and "Pin to Taskbar" context menu items are often removed by mistake when the shortcut arrow overlay icon has been removed improperly using the XP method instead of the Vista/Windows 7 method. It may be affecting the "Remove from this list" context menu item as well. As a test to see if this may be the issue, restore the default shortcut arrow using either method in the tutorial below.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...e-restore.html
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