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Windows 7: Recent Items List - Clear

03 Oct 2014   #10
sfwul

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is there a way (in registry-settings or so) to have the shortcut files (.lnk) in

C:\Users\MyName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Office\Recent
C:\Users\MyName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

automatically deleted at shutdown or startup of Windows 7 (x64)

Thanks!
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03 Oct 2014   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello sfwul,

If you like, you could use the method in the tutorial below to set to have your recent items automatically cleared at shutdown/exit.

Clear Recent Items and Documents on Exit of Windows 7
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06 Oct 2014   #12
sfwul

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@brink

Many thanks indeed!

I have updated that setting accordingly. Will check the effect after next pc launch.

One thing does make me a little unsure: hopefully this setting will nót remove the 'pinned' files/folders within Office...?

[Offtopic]
Within Office one can pin frequently used files and folders. After a fresh install (luckely this does not happen too often..) one may wish to pin frequently used files and folders. This is a bit of a workload: one needs to open and pin the files one by one. Folders are even more 'complicated': to pin a folder that holds subfolders only, i.e. no files, is impossible. My workaround is to add a dummy excelsheet in that rootfolder, open that one, so the rootfolder can be pinned.
Sadly since Office 2003 there is no settings backup anymore.

Anyway, thanks for your guidance!
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06 Oct 2014   #13
sfwul

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just wonder, rebooted after the change, twice as a matter of fact, the links to \Office\Recent
they should be cleared, or not??

In my case recent Office documents are not cleared.

Like this

Any suggestions?

TIA


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06 Oct 2014   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello sfwul,

That would be for Office instead. This below is for clearing recent documents in Office 2007 to help, but should be similar to other versions if you have a different one.

How to clear the list of recently used files in 2007 Office programs
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14 Oct 2014   #15
sfwul

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Or maybe add a batch file to the startup folder?

Something like:

rem 14-10-2014 DeleteRecentFileLinks.bat
rem delete recent files links (.lnk) on C:\
rem delete in folder: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Office\Recent
rem delete in folder: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
rem do not delete index.dat - they store pin files and folders

del C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\*.lnk
del C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Office\Recent\*.lnk


Just an idea...
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