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Windows 7: clear recent list for programs

04 Nov 2010   #11

Windows 7 HP 64-bit

I've written a VBS and batch file that work together to clear out specific results (based on file extension) which works for me in Win7. I probably could make it entirely VBS, but it was a quick fix in the first place :) I can post my scripts if anyone wants them, though they're not doing anything terribly clever (but it might help people track down weird behaviour in their scripts).

Have you been able to make head or tail of the files in that AutomaticDestinations folder? I came across this thread because I've been trying to get OpenOffice to forget the folder it last saved in, but I don't want to lose its whole jump list in the start menu as well. Each file seems to have a whole load of munged-together data that doesn't seem to be from one specific application, but I could be wrong.

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13 May 2011   #12

windows 7

Regarding the "AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS" files, open them in Notepad and among the clutter of binary values you'll find the actual filenames that correspond to the entries in the jumplist for the particular program that the file is for.

As was mentioned previously, if you open a file using the program that you want to block the jumplist for, and then immediately list all the AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS files in Date Modified order, that jumplist file will be the most recently-updated one.
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07 Nov 2013   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
This rocks

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theyenk View Post
I just conquered this issue in a different manor.
I wanted windows to quit displaying a recent list for a specific application.

The recent list for each application is stored in a database file located here:


I opened a file - to add it to the recent list that I wanted to eliminate.
Sorted the files in the above location by date modified.
Changed the permissions - so my user account was DENY'd Read access - BLAM no more recent list for that application.

I win \o/
Cleanest security solution to application behaviour in ... forever!

If only all fixes were so coherent...

Thanks for sharing man, inspired!

ALWAYS BACKUP (Although I didn't here:).
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