Hide Recently Used Documents/Programs From the Windows Vista Start Menu

By Lowell Heddings on February 5th, 2007

Windows Vista by default shows the most recently used programs on the start menu, and there’s a submenu for recently used files. Call me a privacy nut, but I’ve never been a fan of having either one show up.

Right-click on the Start button, and then click Properties. You should immediately see this dialog:


You can uncheck the “Store and display a list of recently opened files or programs” checkboxes to turn them off.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/5/07
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