Clear recent items doesn't appear

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Barry K, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Barry K

    Barry K Guest

    When I right click on recent items in the VISTA start menu to access the
    clear recent items function, it does not appear. Is there any way to make the
    clear recent items function reappear?
    Barry K, Jul 19, 2007
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    Robert Firth Guest

    You don't see the option 3 from the top "Clear Recent Items List" when you
    right click on it? It should be there.

    Robert Firth
    Robert Firth, Jul 19, 2007
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  3. Barry K

    dean-dean Guest

    If you've used 3rd party cleaner, it may have deleted the desktop.ini in
    the Recent Items folder. If you navigate to C:\Users\(Your
    Name)AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows, does the Recent Items folder have a
    special icon? If it doesn't, and only shows the generic manila one, and the
    folder is just called Recent (without the word Items), right-click on the
    Recent folder and choose Delete. Log Off and then Log On. Open your Start
    Menu and type shell:recent. This should restore the folder with the correct
    desktop.ini, which will then restore the right-click context menu item
    "Clear Recent Items List" (right-click inside the folder that pops up to
    test that).
    dean-dean, Jul 19, 2007
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    Barry K Guest

    This fix works like a charm. Thank you very much
    Barry K, Jul 19, 2007
  5. Barry K

    Barry K Guest

    Hi Dean-Dean:

    Now, for some strange reason, no recent items are appearing - even after I
    open them, like Word documents. I tried checking the privacy option on the
    start menu tab but that doesn't help.

    Any thoughts?
    Barry K, Jul 20, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Hi Barry. Are things still not working? Try opening a couple text
    documents, for example. I deleted my own Recent Items folder, twice
    actually, to see if I could reproduce your problem, and things always worked
    with the new folder created. I did have to Log Off and back On to have the
    Recent Items show up in the Start Menu.

    Press the Windows key + the R key on your keyboard. When the Run box pops
    up, Copy and Paste this:


    Click OK. That should bring up Notepad. The text written should look like

    [email protected]%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21797
    [email protected],dll,-12692

    Does your desktop.ini for the Recent Items folder look like that?
    dean-dean, Jul 21, 2007
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    drivespur Guest

    I also had this problem and your fix worked a treat! Thanks
    drivespur, Jan 13, 2009
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