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Auto Clear Recent Items list in Vista

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  • Started 8 years ago by Zig
  • Latest reply from Lighthouse
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1) Access your group policy editor: Open Start, and type gpedit.msc in the Search bar.
2) Navigate to User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Start Menu and Taskbar
3) Edit the settings for “Clear history of recently opened documents on exit.? Right click this setting and choose properties.
4) Enable this feature.

Posted 8 years ago
Posts: 350

Does this clear when you log out?

Posted 8 years ago
Posts: 140

Yes it will remove every time you log off.

Posted 8 years ago
Posts: 1

Doesnt work for me...i have windows vista....go start menu and typed in gpedit.msc word for word and nothign came

Posted 7 years ago
Posts: 428

try running it from the 'Run' dialog box. (shortcut to the 'run' dialog box = windows key + R)

Posted 7 years ago
Posts: 3814

The Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is only in the Windows Vista Small Business Edition, Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition and Ultimate edition.
You can just set the registry key manually though.
Looking in the StartMenu.admx copy I have I found the registry key this policy sets.
Registry key - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Value - ClearRecentDocsOnExit
The data of the value is probably a DWORD value of 1.

Edit: Just looked and found
It appears the key I found is correct.

Edit 2: I just made a registry file to apply this tweak.
It's at
Just download it, run it, click Continue, click Yes, click ok and the tweak should be applied.

Posted 7 years ago
Posts: 13598

Interesting. I just tried the hack on Home Premium, and it removes the "Recent Items" from the Start Menu.
I understand why.
It not only clears the list, but also unchecks the "Store and display a list of recently open files" box

Posted 7 years ago

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