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(Solved) - Clear recently accessed--Windows 7

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  • Started 4 years ago by Mattlp
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Mattlp
Posts: 8

Hi, in Vista this was done using "Customize Classic Start Menu."
There is a clear button labeled "To remove records of recently accessed documents, programs, and websites, click Clear."
This would delete recent files from the pull-down contextual menus in programs such as Media Player.
Where is the functionality to do this in Win 7 since the Classic Start Menu is gone?
Thanks in advance, Matt

Posted 4 years ago
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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Mattlp,
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Welcome to HTG.
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Classic Start Menus for Win7
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....windows-7/
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....-windows7/
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Cleaners you can pin with shortcuts.
http://www.ccleaner.com/
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/mrublaster.html
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Regards,
Rick P.

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Mattlp
Posts: 8

Thanks so much, Rick.
Matt

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Mattlp
Posts: 8

Update: I'm afraid neither ccleaner nor mrublaster cleared these.
The files displayed in Windows Media Player under file>open>recent.
Try as I might, I cannot find a way to remove them in Win 7, but know it was possible in Vista.
Thanks, Matt

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Mattlp,
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If using IE, try Tools ->Internet Options Menu-> Delete button in middle of object page ->Configure Check Boxes and then Delete.
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Will try to post a shortcut to cashe file that you can add to CCleaner Advanced Include Section.
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For some reason mine all Delete Properly so will have re-trace how I setup this machine. (LOL)
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Only took 20 Clean Installs and and [ practice configurations ] before I was able to do a PERFECT installation and configuration. (LOL) (LOL)
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I feel for the folks who think they are going to get their Perfect Configuration right out of the box because Win7 takes Much Study, Experimentation and Time to get the O/S to work like they want it to. :) :)
IT CAN BE DONE HOWEVER !!!!
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Regards,
Rick P.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Mattlp,
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Mis-Read Your Post. Sorry about that. :( :(
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CLEAR MEDIA PLAYER HISTORY, ETC.....

1. Click on Media Player.
2. Tap ALT key.
3. Choose Tools Menu Item.
4. Choose Options Menu Item.
5. Click Privacy Tab.
6. Click Clear History Button.
7. Click Clear Cashes Button.
8. UN-Check Boxes to the left of bottons for NOT keeping Most Recent Items and have more privacy.
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Best Regards,
Rick P.

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Mattlp
Posts: 8

Rick, I wish it were that simple man. I have done all the above in hopes that it would be, but unfortunately when I go to open a file, the list remains there.

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Mattlp
Posts: 8

I think what I'm referring to is not specific to Media Player but is a list of recently accessed files that populates in any open file dialog box.

From Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/windo.....ivacy.aspx

"For your convenience, Windows also maintains a list of recently accessed files when you use the Open Dialog box. To clear this information on Windows XP:

1. Right-click on the Windows Start menu and click Properties
2. On the Start Menu tab, click the Customize button.
3. On the Advanced tab, click on the Clear List button."

In my above posts, you can see how this was done in Vista.

Has Microsoft completely done away with a way to clear recently accessed files in Win7?

Edit: Similar problem here. http://social.answers.microsof.....b8f3d12285

Thanks, Matt

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GKI610
GKI610
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I haven't tried the classic menu in 7. With the default start menu, one can right-click an entry, and click "Remove from this list", getting rid of Recently used program in the menu list, one at a time.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Mattlp,
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This machine is so Tweaked I have to remember back what I have done. :( (LOL)

This will clear on shutdown or reboot.
http://tweaklibrary.com/Displa.....off/10145/
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Also I use Ccleaner continuously.
http://www.ccleaner.com/download
http://www.tweakhound.com/
http://www.winvistaclub.com/Ul.....eaker.html
ALL the Geek News Letter items + http://tinyhacker.com/
http://helpdeskgeek.com/
http://www.online-tech-tips.com/
Registry setting I can't remember.......... :) :)
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I could file a page with this stuff. (LOL) (LOL)
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Regards,
Rick P.

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LH
LH
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Uncheck the box, and then reboot. They should go.

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GKI610
GKI610
Posts: 567

LH, I unchecked the box>apply>ok and they cleared w/o rebooting.

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Mattlp
Posts: 8

LH, to which box are you guys referring?
I'm talking about recently accessed documents, not recent programs.
Thanks, Matt

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LH
LH
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Yep. Right click on the Taskbar. Select Properties > Start Menu > Store and display a list of recently opened files. That box.

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ian2
ian2
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For Ccleaner to remove those file you need to put a check in the box beside Taskbar Jump Lists ,which is in the windows explorer section.
It is unchecked by default.So you need to manually add it.Then all recent documents and places lists are removed.

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Mattlp
Posts: 8

Thanks, will give that a shot and report back.

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Mattlp
Posts: 8

LH, that did the trick, thanks.

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LH
LH
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My pleasure :)

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