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Remove Recent Documents from Windows Start menu

1By default ,the Windows Start menu displays a list of recently opened files in the Recent Documents sub menu.
If that list is annoying, just disable it using any of the following methods.


Edit the Windows Registry

You can easily remove it with a simple registry tweak.
Caution: This trick involves registry editing. So make sure you backup your registry before proceeding.

1. Open the registry editor. ( Go to Start >> Run & type regedit. Press Enter)
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ Explorer
3. Right click on a blank space in the right pane and create a new DWORD. Set the name of the Dword to NoRecentDocsMenu and the value data to 1.


Edit the Group Policy Editor

(Note: The group policy editor may not be available to some versions or editions of Windows like Windows XP Home...)

1. Open the Group Policy Editor. ( Go to Start >> Run & type gpedit.msc. Press Enter)
2. Navigate to User Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Start Menu and Taskbar.
In the settings pane, change the following:

a.) Remove Documents menu from Start Menu.
Enabling this will cause the system to stop displaying document shortcuts in Documents menu
b.) Do not keep history of recently opened documents.
Windows and other installed Windows programs won't display recently opened file shortcuts at the end of the File menu.

For the above two group policy editor settings, you must have Windows 2000 at least.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, March 07, 2007


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