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How to Clear Recently Opened Documents

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April 2, 2009 by admin 

Windows always keeps a record of documents and files that you have opened recently. Others who use your computer can easily access your documents and files you worked with and can change them without your permission. So, always make sure that you erased the recent documents list before leaving the computer, especially when you are using a public computer in a cyber café or any other establishments. You can erase the recent documents list either manually or using any of the special software available. Several software products are now available online that can remove the recent document list and thereby protect your privacy and security.

Why you should clean recent documents list?

Each and every document you open can be easily accessed from the “Document” tab in the start menu. If you are person who gives at most importance to your privacy and security then clear recently opened documents list every time you leave the computer. Otherwise you have to compromise your privacy and security because others can easily take the files you accessed and make changes to your data without your permission.

How to clean recent documents list on Windows XP/2000?

How to erase recent documents on Windows XP?

Follow the below instruction to erase recently used documents list in Windows XP:

•    Make a right click on the “start” menu button on the left bottom of the screen.
•    Click on the “Properties”.
•    Then select the “Customize” option.
•    Select the “Advanced” tab.
•    Click “Clear List” to clear the recent documents folder.
•    Click “ok” to proceed.

Note: This action deletes the recent documents list only; it won’t delete the original document.

How to erase recent documents on Windows 2000?

Follow the below instruction to erase recently used documents list in Windows 2000:

•    Click the start menu on the left bottom of the screen.
•    Select “settings” from the list.
•    Then select “Taskbar & Start Menu” from the right panel which appears.
•    Select the “advanced” tab.
•    Click “clear” button on the customize start menu area.
•    Click “ok” to move forward.

How to erase recent documents and recent items on Windows Vista?

You can see a list of recently used files in the “recent items” which is situated on the right side of the “start” menu. Recent Items will get installed with the Windows Vista as default; you can remove it to stop the operating system from storing the details of the recently opened documents. You can also replace the option back to action whenever you need. Once it becomes active, it will store list of recently opened documents and files again.

How to clear recently opened documents list on Windows Vista (Standard Start Menu)?

You can remove the documents and files history by following the steps below:

•    Click the “start” button on the left bottom of the screen.
•    Right click ‘Recent items’ on the list.
•    Click ‘Clear Recent Items List’ to remove the documents and files history.

How to erase recently opened documents on Windows Vista Classic Start Menu?

You can remove the documents and files history by following the steps below:

•    Click the “start” button on the left bottom of the screen.
•    Choose “settings” on the list.
•    Click on ‘Taskbar and Start Menu’.
•    Select ‘Start menu’ tab
•    Select ‘Customize’.
•    Click “Clear” button to remove the documents and files history.
•    Click “ok” to proceed.

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