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Clear Recent Items and Documents on Exit of Windows 7

How to Clear Recent Items and Documents on Exit of Windows 7
Published by Dinesh
30 Apr 2009
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How to Clear Recent Items and Documents on Exit of Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to have recent items and documents clear automatically when specific or all users exit Windows 7. Clearing Recent Items will also clear the Recent items in Jump Lists as well.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
This does not clear items that the users have pinned to the Jump Lists, or Tasks that the application has provided for their menu.




OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download

NOTE: This option will affect all users on the computer.
1. To Enable Clear history of recent opened documents on exit
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Enable_Clear_History_of_Recently_Opened_Documents_on_Exit.reg
download
2. To Disable Clear history of recent opened documents on exit
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Disable_Clear_History_of_Recently_Opened_Documents_on_Exit.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

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

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

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

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







OPTION TWO
Through the 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 on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (see screenshot below)
Clear Recent Items and Documents on Exit of Windows 7-2.png
3. In the right pane, double-click on Clear history of recent opened documents on exit. (see screenshot above)

4. To Enable Clear history of recent opened documents on exit
A) Select (dot) Enabled, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
5. To Disable Clear history of recent opened documents on exit
A) Select (dot) Not configured or Enabled, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Not configured is the default setting.
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6. Close the Local group Policy Editor and restart your computer.
Thats it,
Dinesh.





03 Jun 2009   #1
dw96

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]
 
 

Awesome! Thanks a lot. Rep''d you

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03 Jun 2009   #2
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

You are Welcome Mate.
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11 Sep 2009   #3
ViperMWC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit - SP1
 
 
Most Interesting

Thanks Dinesh,
For me this was a very interesting look at some of the inner workings of the OS. As I do a lot of back and forthing with programs, losing all the clutter with a log off or restart is just what I needed.
While in the Editor I spotted how to put a Run icon in the Start Up Menu, so that's 2 birds with one stone. Most excellent.
I'm not sure if this is the place to ask, but doing some reading on the items listed in this area I was wondering just as a piece of information, what this meant.
"If you enable this setting, certain notification balloons that are marked as feature advertisements will not be shown."
What on earth is a 'feature advertisement'. Surely Bill and the boys are not trying to flog us stuff from inside the system
Real good tutorial, thanks.
All the best,
Mick C.
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11 Sep 2009   #4
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

LOL thanks Mick.
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28 Oct 2009   #5
deejay22

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks. But where are the recent items stored? I want to add it to my Favourites so I can easily access them every time I click open or go to explorer, but I don't know which folder it is.

Thanks.
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28 Oct 2009   #6
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by deejay22 View Post
Thanks. But where are the recent items stored? I want to add it to my Favourites so I can easily access them every time I click open or go to explorer, but I don't know which folder it is.

Thanks.
Hi deejay, the recent items are stored in
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
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24 Jan 2010   #7
jackquals

windows 7
 
 

I tried to follow the step on the top. It showed me "no items match your search" after I typed "pgedit.msc". How can?
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24 Jan 2010   #8
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jackquals View Post
I tried to follow the step on the top. It showed me "no items match your search" after I typed "pgedit.msc". How can?
Are you using home premium? I don't get it either, I think it's Ultimate and Pro.
Just a guess.
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24 Jan 2010   #9
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Good tutorial and I thank you.
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