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Recent Items - Turn On or Off

How to Turn Recent Items On or Off in Windows 7
Published by Brink
13 Jan 2009
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How to Turn Recent Items On or Off in Windows 7


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 turn Recent Items on or off in Windows 7.
Note   Note
The hidden system folder Recent Items is located at:

C:\Users\(User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items

OR

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items

If you go to the Recent Items folder location above and you have a yellow folder named Recent instead of one named Recent Items with an icon, then right click on the Recent folder and click Delete. Type shell:recent in the white line (Start Search) area of the Start Menu, and press Enter. Logoff and logon, or restart the computer, to rebuild the folder back to the default Recent Items. Recent Items will not function correctly if is not set as the default Recent Items folder.

If this did not fix the Recent Items folder, then see the post at this link to make sure that the registry locations at the link have the correct locations entered for them.


EXAMPLE: Recent Items
NOTE: If Recent Items is turned on, the these are the locations (Taskbar, Start Menu, Navigation Pane) that you will see your recent items listed.
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OPTION ONE
To Turn Recent Items On or Off in Start Menu Properties
1. Right click on the Start button, and click on Properties.

2. To Turn Recent Items On
A) Check the Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar box. (see screenshot below step 4)
NOTE: If you just turned on Recent Items, then it may take a bit after opening the recents items a few times before they actually show up.

B) Go to step 4.
3. To Turn Recent Items Off
A) Uncheck the Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar box. (see screenshot below step 4)
4. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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5. If you turned on recent items, then be sure to also set how many recent items you want displayed.

Tip   Tip
If you turned on recent items, and would like to have Frequent (recent items) display in the Internet Explorer taskbar jump list, then you will need to be sure to add (check) "Internet Explorer History" to the Indexed Location.

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OPTION TWO
To Turn Recent Items On or Off using a REG File Download
1. To Turn Recent Items On
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Turn_On_Recent_Items_in_Start_Menu.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Turn Recent Items Off
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Turn_Off_Recent_Items_in_Start_Menu.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file, and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

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



OPTION THREE
To Add or Remove "Recent Items" Button from the Start Menu

NOTE: This will allow you to add or remove the Recent Items button from the right dark side of the Start Menu. If you add it, then you will need to turn on Recent Items on OPTION ONE above to have them listed.
1. Open the Start Menu Customize window.

2. Scroll down a bit, and check the Recent Items box, and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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3. Click on OK. (See link in step 1)
That's it,
Shawn








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16 May 2009   #1
dew1

 
 

thanks

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16 May 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Dew.
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26 May 2009   #3
Win7userPT

win7
 
 

im using Windows 7 in PT-Pt language, i try to activate recent items and i cant...

i follow all the indication but im the last step i have recent items but not the box to check it...
can you help me please??

tks
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26 May 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Win7userPT, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of this to see if it may help to see what may be wrong?
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27 May 2009   #5
Win7userPT

win7
 
 

i dont know how to put a image where...

but the diference is the last box of recent items just isnt there, just apears Recent items and no box to check...weard!


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27 May 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Umm, I have not seen that before. You might consider doing a repair install to see if it can fix it for you without losing anything.
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27 May 2009   #7
Win7userPT

win7
 
 

lOol... i try to uninstall the wmp that came with Windows 7 and instal the old wmp11 i do something that the recent items apears just like i want to, but the wmp dont run... i do a restaure system and the recent items desapear again... but the wmp works fine...!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Well, there's what happened then.

You may need to do a clean reinstall to fix this then if it is still not working.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2009   #9
SeVeNrOxS

Windows 7 RTM x86
 
 

can u help me deleting recent search done in My Computer?
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