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07-22-2008, 15:39
I thought this was a simple thing; I used to be able to do it. Anyway, in Winders XP how do you clear Recent Documents from the START menu. Actually, I'd prefer they don't ever even show up there. In many years of computing, I've never used that route to return to a file. Don't need it. It's just a security liability as far as I'm concerned.

I have financial records and things that I don't have in passworded folders but are deeply hidden. Doesn't matter how cleverly I put things in layers of folders, all someone has to do if I leave my machine logged in is to just go to Recent Documents!

Help. Thanks.

07-22-2008, 16:14
The simplest is to use this program


You can change the setting to your needs.

For something a bit more complete

Advanced Windows Care (don't forget to check and download updates in the program)

Works best in installed and PC is restarted before using first time.

Ccleaner is the easiest to use and should work well.

07-22-2008, 22:18
You can disable the "Recent Documents" in XP by doing the following..

If using the regular Start Menu:

Right click on the task bar
Click Properties
Click the tab labeled Start Menu
Click the button Customize
Click the tab Advanced
UNCHECK the box labeled List my most recently opened documents
Click the button Clear List
Click OK
Click OK

You've now removed the listing of recent documents as well as removing the Recent Documents feature totally from the Start Menu.

Here is a walk-thru for removing the "Documents" entry from the Classic Start Menu in windows xp (a little bit more complicated, but not by much):

Sgt. Schultz
07-23-2008, 07:59
You should give XP-Antispy a try Ö this is a handy little utility lets you automatically disable many of XP/Vistaís annoying features as well as the built-in update and authentication features such as ...

Disable disk cleanup wizard
Disable Balloon Tips
Disable the search assistant
Clean history of recently used documents on system shutdown
Deny starting regedit.exe
Add command line prompt in the context menu

Ö to name a few.

Donít let the name scare you away from this utility, it is available for download from, and other respected sites.

You can do everything that it does manually Ö in about an hour, or use this and be finished in a few minutes. Iíve been using it for years on every computer setup I do, it saves a lot of keyboard time.

BTW: you can just as easily change anything back to the original settings.

07-23-2008, 19:04
Thanks. Done.