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

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.

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  • Published 02/5/07

Comments (2)

  1. Video_freak

    I did this, and then added some of my programs on the list, and I get a bunch of white space in the start bar (instead of resizing it down). Any help? :\

  2. jim

    Windows vista
    I have a second hand laptop, I have deleted many file items and emptied the recycle bin but if i do a search many of them still come up in the list.
    I have tried open file location but on the ones that open to a location they can’t be found and the others dont go to a location and say the file can’t be found etc.
    I tried to delete them as with short cuts but as the files can’t be found i’m asked if I want to create one. There are over a hundred so I’d like to get rid of them.
    I tried reg cure and tune up to see if they helped but no change.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks Jim

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