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Disable Recent Documents History
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/24/2005 | System Performance Page 2 | Rating:
Disable Recent Documents History

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called 'NoRecentDocsHistory' set the value to equal '1' to enable the restriction.

Exit your registry, you may need to restart for the changes to take effect.

Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]
Value Name: NoRecentDocsHistory
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disable restriction, 1 = enable restriction)
 

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Easy to find, and it is accurate.
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its crap. same thing on every site.. doesnt even help me.. so vague it is! you cant do that stuff on xp. there's no settings for it
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    System key does not exits on XP
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    You need to create the key yourself
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Not Working For 98 SE
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Same thing everywhere, but it does not work on 98se.
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    works fine for me in XP, just have to create the value.
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is the correct procedure. Any people having difficulties are not reading the instructions carefully. If the needed Key or DWORD does not exist, then you must create it yourself. And it works fine with XP. (If you are still using 98se, then it's time to upgrade, you cheap luddite.)
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I found what I was looking for. Couldn't fix, but not author' fault. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by cary)
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    Comment number 10 user is a peanut who can't tell the difference between not displaying it and not recording it. Disabling display does NOT disable recording of what you've been up to. Peanut.
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because it didn't work-the option wasn't there
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment number 12 should be the hint up here NOT the one which suggests needlessly mucking about in the registry, where one mistake can cause huge problems. Here it is again (simple,easy and foolproof)... "right click on start button > click properties > start manu tab > customize > advanced tab > at the bottom their will be 'recent documents' from here you can either click on the 'list my most recent...' and hide it completly oR just click on the clear list to clear it .. hope this helps someone out ..."
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clear and concise. If you didn't understand it, you shouldn't be mucking in the registry.
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is all crap . the easist way of doing this is by. right click on start button > click properties > start manu tab > customize > advanced tab > at the bottom their will be 'recent documents' from here you can either click on the 'list my most recent...' and hide it completly oR just click on the clear list to clear it .. hope this helps someone out ..
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Here you have the solution to clear and disable recent documents: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/clear-recent-documents-in-the-xp-start-menu/
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by User)
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    Eh, didn't work on Media Center 2005.
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Works like a charm on XP 64bit, thanks :)
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    yoyo
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Works on Windows XP Pro! Try this site if your Computer Illiterate http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/08/disable-recent-documents-history-to.html
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This gives only the Registry path. When advised to "Find the key," no consideration is given to the fact that it may not yet exist! Only by farting around with the menu above and experimenting was I able to figure out how to add the key. That, by extension, also gave me the method to modify the new value after I had created the entry. Neither did the article show any results. Maybe a novice such as myself should not be screwing around in the Registry, but if you're going to give this kind of information, maybe you should take into account stubborn old buggers like me (I'm 70 years old).
     
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