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Recent Programs - Turn On or Off

How to Turn Recent Programs On or Off in Windows 7
Published by Brink
17 Jan 2009
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How to Turn Recent Programs On or Off in Windows 7

information   Information
Recent Programs saves and displays file names, programs, and locations you type in the Run dialog box and a list of your recently opened programs on the left white side of the Start Menu below the Pinned Programs line.

This tutorial will show you how to turn Recent Programs on or off in Windows 7.

Note   Note
If you have a progam pinned to the Start Menu, then it will not show up in the recent program area below the pin to area in the Start Menu.

warning   Warning
Unchecking the Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu box in step 3 below will also cause the Run command dialog box to clear and no longer save it's run program history.


EXAMPLE: Recent Programs in the Start Menu
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OPTION ONE
To Turn Recent Programs On or Off in Start Menu Properties
1. Right click on the Start button, and click on Properties.

2. To Turn Recent Programs On
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Check the Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu box. (See screenshot below step 4)

B) Go to step 4.
3. To Turn Recent Programs Off
A) Uncheck the Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu box. (See screenshot below step 4)
NOTE: See warning at top of tutorial.
4. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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OPTION TWO
To Turn Recent Programs On or Off using a REG File Download
1. To Turn Recent Programs On
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Turn_On_Recent_Programs_in_Start_Menu.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Turn Recent Programs Off
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Turn_Off_Recent_Programs_in_Start_Menu.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

4. Double click on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

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

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn



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