"Clear Recent Items List" option - not there!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Test Man, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. Test Man

    Test Man Guest

    Test Man, Jun 7, 2007
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    *711 Guest

    Got the EXACT same STUPID issue here... anyone got any clue?

    I have to say, VISTA and his little "annoyances" are realy getting o
    my nerves... I feel the urge to sell this stupid Ultimate VISTA DVD
    got on e-bay... they only reason I am not doing this is because I fee
    sorry for the one that would buy it from me ¬
    *711, Jul 26, 2007
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    *711 Guest

    Ufff... another one done... here is my solution (more like a workarround
    but anyway, it did repair it):

    Right click the recent items menu option in Start Menu and select 'open
    location' (or whatever it's called) and delete the folder named 'recent'
    in the window that appears.

    In the Task Bar and Start Menu prefs editor, remove the tick in the
    Start Bar Tab under Privacy section (top box) and save. Recent Items
    menu will be gone.

    Enter this prefs editor again and put the tick back in the box removed
    above and save.

    Recent Items menu will be restored with the proper menu displayed on a
    right click.
    *711, Jul 27, 2007
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    jonrichco Guest

    Actually on my Vista Business system it is much easier than yo
    indicate. In the Start Menu, rght click "Recent Items", click Open
    click the [Recent] directory if necessary, select all the files in th
    directory, then Delete (to the Recycle Bin) or Shift Delete (fo
    permanent deletion). This is useful to both clear items you don't wan
    others to see, but also to update the list to make it useful to you i
    running the computer. Having worked out how to do it (thanks to the las
    poster:)), I will now do it every few weeks via a desktop shortcut

    A similar approach can work in [Start] [Documents], if you want t
    clear that list as well. Right click Documents in the Start Menu, the
    Open. That will take you to your documents folder under your user name
    Vista seems to accumulate a pretty useless collection here, so I woul
    delete them all to the recyle bin (in case you want to get them bac
    sometime). You can then let Vista do its own thing and accumulat
    another probably useless list of folders and files, or you can creat
    your own list of files that you want to access frequently. In Explorer
    right drag the file name into your Username Documents folder, and creat
    shortcut here. Now when you go to Start Documents, you should have
    useful list of files rather than a load of old rubbish. Will keep an ey
    on this and edit further if needed
    jonrichco, Feb 6, 2009
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