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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How to Enable or Disable Recent Items in Windows 7




Information
Recent Items is a list of your recently used files on the right side of the Start Menu, Taskbar Windows Explorer icon link, in the Navigation Pane Recent Places, and in Jump Lists.

This article will show you how to enable or disable all users on the computer the ability to turn on Recent Items in Windows 7 and Vista.




EXAMPLE:
Recent Items Enabled and Disable in Start Menu

NOTE:
When disabled, you will notice the Store and display recently opened items in the Start Menu and taskbar option is grayed out it Start Menu Properties.





OPTION ONE

Through a Registry

To Enable Recent items:

Copy the following codes into a note pad and save the file as "Enable recent items.reg"

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoRecentDocsHistory"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoRecentDocsHistory"=-

Double click the notepad file and you are done.

To Disable Recent items:

Copy the following codes into a note pad and save the file as "Disable recent items.reg"

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoRecentDocsHistory"=dword:00000001

Double click the notepad file and you are done.



OPTION TWO

Through the Local Group Policy Editor

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane, click on the arrow to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, then click on Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below)



3. In the right pane, right click on Do not keep history of recently opened documents and click on Edit. (see screenshot above)

4. To Enable Recent Items

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 6)

B) Go to step 6.

5. To Disable Recent Items

A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 6)

6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)



7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below step 2)


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