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Recent Items - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Recent Items in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
15 Aug 2010
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How to Enable or Disable Recent Items in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8


information   Information
Recent Items is a list of your recently used files on the right side of the Start Menu, Taskbar Windows Explorer icon link, in the Navigaton Pane Recent Places, and in Jump Lists.

This will show you how to enable or disable all or specific users on the computer the ability to turn on Recent Items in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.


EXAMPLE: Recent Items Enabled and Disable
NOTE: When disabled, you will notice the the Store and display recently opened items in the Start Menu and tasbar option is grayed out it Start Menu Properties.
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OPTION ONE
Disable or Enable Recent Items Using a REG File Download
1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Disable Recent Items for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Disable_Recent_Items.reg
download
3. To Enable Recent Items for All Users
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Enable_Recent_Items.reg
download
4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION TWO
Disable or Enable Recent Items in Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click/tap on the arrow to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, then click/tap on Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below)
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3. In the right pane, double click/tap on Do not keep history of recently opened documents to edit it, and do step 4 or 5 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot above)

4. To Enable Recent Items
A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 6)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.
5. To Disable Recent Items
A) Select (dot) Enabled, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 6)
6. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
Recent Items - Enable or Disable-gpedit-2.jpg
7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below step 2)
That's it,
Shawn





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02 Jan 2012   #1
Barnabas7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Here's something that might help someone, like me who got tired of having my photos (or documents or pdf files or ?) sitting under the Favorites and in the Recently Changed folder for anyone to view. I just upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium x64 and really like it more than I did Vista x64. But getting use to some of the changes and seeing new things got me thinking about either hiding some things or changing them. This might have been covered already so if it has then Brink you can move/delete it or whatever.

To keep certain things from appearing in the Recently Changed folder in Windown 7 Home Premium when you access a photo, document, or whatever try this : Go to Control Panel - open Indexing Options. Highlight Users and at the bottom click Modify. In the window that opens up, the top box "Change Selected Location" click the > next to Local Disk "C". Next click the > next to Users. Then click the > next to "username". There will be your My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, etc folders with check marks in the boxes. Just un-check the box or click the > next to the folder that contains what you don't want to see all the time in the Recently Changed folder and un-check that box. For me it was in My Pictures as I have several sub-folders with photos from different cameras that each time I looked at a photo it would re-appear in the Recently Changed folder. You can't delete anything out of that folder as it is linked to the original file by windows indexing. So by using this indexing option I now don't have to worry about seeing all of these photos appear in the Recently Changed folder. Some things I don't mind coming up like a training log.txt or Changed Computer Settings.doc but other things you know already where they are and don't need the clutter. I noticed in some posts people would try and delete the contents of the Recently Changed folder thus loosing those photos, documents or whatever after they went to empty the trash.
Anyway that's the solution I came up with. Hope this helps someone that has the same issue as I did.

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03 Jan 2012   #2
Barnabas7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Just a "after the fact" update to the above post.
I did upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium so the upgrade took (I believe) the Recently Changed folder and included it in my Windows 7 Home Premium OS install. I understand from reading other posts that they excluded that folder in the RTM and left the Recent Places to replace Recently Changed folder. Apologies for any confusion I might have caused.
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06 Feb 2013   #3
sfwul

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I store my files in a password protected containerfile. I want to be able to use the recent documents option for all my applications, like office etc.
However, I donot want them to show up in whatever a kind of \Recent\ or \Roaming\ folder.

It would be great if one day it would be possible to change such recent-folders to the containerfile, so whatever search is done, the names of the files (usually revealing the nature of the contents) will not be visible.

The gpedit.msc solution regretfully cleares the office history (Word/Excel).
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1 Week Ago   #4
OldGrantonian

Win 7 64-bit Home Premium
 
 

I recently downgraded from Win 8 to Win 7 Home Premium.

I tried option 1.3 in the tutorial: "To Enable Recent Items for All Users"

The patch was not successful, although all messages were positive.

I don't have gpedit.msc in Win\Sys32. Can I copy it from my company Win 7 Pro when no-one's looking?

Option 2 (LGPE) was not possible for me - I have Win 7 Home Premium.
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1 Week Ago   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello OldGrantonian,

Sorry, but gpedit.msc will not work in an edition that does not support that feature.

Is you recent items setting grayed out like in the example screenshots?

If so, you might see if restarting the computer after using step 3 in Option One may help.
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1 Week Ago   #6
OldGrantonian

Win 7 64-bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Is your recent items setting grayed out like in the example screenshots?
It's not greyed out. And the checkbox is checked.

Note that my company Win 7 Pro laptop behaves as follows. With checkbox unchecked, the "Recent Items" label still appears in the Start menu. However, opening the submenu simply displays "Empty".

On my personal laptop Win 7 Home Premium, it does not matter whether the checkbox is checked or unchecked - the "Recent Items" label never appears in the Start menu. (There's a "Games" label instead.)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
you might see if restarting the computer after using step 3 in Option One may help.
The reboot does not help.
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1 Week Ago   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It sounds like your recent items is tuned on (checked) and enabled since it's not grayed out.

Double check to make sure that you have Recent Items checked in your Customize Start Menu settings to have it show in your Start Menu.
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1 Week Ago   #8
OldGrantonian

Win 7 64-bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
make sure that you have Recent Items checked in your Customize Start Menu settings to have it show in your Start Menu.
That was the solution. After checking the box, everything is fine.

Thanks for your help.
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1 Week Ago   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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