How do you eliminate My Recent Documents?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Smoker, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. Smoker

    Smoker Guest

    Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent Documents
    or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever see it
    again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do away with
    this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they weren't
    accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to 1 and that
    hasn't worked.
    Smoker, Feb 14, 2007
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    the paddle Guest

    On 14 Feb, 20:18, "Smoker" <> wrote:
    > Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent Documents
    > or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever see it
    > again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do away with
    > this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they weren't
    > accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to 1 and that
    > hasn't worked.


    Do you mean applications, eg Word, when you click file, or recent
    documents on the Start menu?

    paddle
    the paddle, Feb 14, 2007
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    meerkat Guest

    "Smoker" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    > Documents or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever
    > see it again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do
    > away with this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they
    > weren't accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to
    > 1 and that hasn't worked.

    http://www.j79zlr.com/gphome.php

    Go to Edit/Find, and type in `recent`, search down and
    see if that`s what you need.
    meerkat, Feb 14, 2007
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  4. "Smoker" <> wrote in
    news::

    > Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    > Documents or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to
    > ever see it again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way
    > to do away with this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but
    > they weren't accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be
    > set to 1 and that hasn't worked.



    The reg-hack is for the Start Menu's Recent Documents. Once you correctly
    make the registry entry, you have to reboot, then it will work.

    You may need to re-check your steps for neatness and completeness:


    Make a backup of your registry first.

    Launch registry editor.

    Scroll to:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    \CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    1) Right-click on the right pane and select new, DWORD value.
    2) Name it NoRecentDocsMenu.
    3) Double-click and enter 1 as [Hexadecimal] value.

    To restore the Documents menu, reverse the steps by changing 1 to 0
    or delete DWORD value.

    There's also more information and a reg file here:

    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/recentdocs.htm

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    But then we all had a lot of growing-up yet to do.
    Bucky Breeder, Feb 14, 2007
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    olfart Guest

    "Smoker" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    > Documents or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever
    > see it again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do
    > away with this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they
    > weren't accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to
    > 1 and that hasn't worked.
    >

    Google for "TweakUI XP"
    olfart, Feb 14, 2007
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    "Smoker" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    > Documents or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever
    > see it again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do
    > away with this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they
    > weren't accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to
    > 1 and that hasn't worked.
    >
    pcbutts1, Feb 15, 2007
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  7. Smoker

    Smoker Guest

    "Bucky Breeder" <> wrote in
    message news:Xns98D7963D3906CWeeZurD@216.151.153.14...
    > "Smoker" <> wrote in
    > news::
    >
    >> Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    >> Documents or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to
    >> ever see it again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way
    >> to do away with this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but
    >> they weren't accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be
    >> set to 1 and that hasn't worked.

    >
    >
    > The reg-hack is for the Start Menu's Recent Documents. Once you correctly
    > make the registry entry, you have to reboot, then it will work.
    >
    > You may need to re-check your steps for neatness and completeness:
    >
    >
    > Make a backup of your registry first.
    >
    > Launch registry editor.
    >
    > Scroll to:
    >
    > HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    > \CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    >
    > 1) Right-click on the right pane and select new, DWORD value.
    > 2) Name it NoRecentDocsMenu.
    > 3) Double-click and enter 1 as [Hexadecimal] value.
    >
    > To restore the Documents menu, reverse the steps by changing 1 to 0
    > or delete DWORD value.
    >
    > There's also more information and a reg file here:
    >
    > http://windowsxp.mvps.org/recentdocs.htm
    >
    > --

    Thanks. I already have those keys set at what is recommended and there is no
    change.
    Smoker, Feb 15, 2007
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  8. Smoker

    Smoker Guest

    "the paddle" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On 14 Feb, 20:18, "Smoker" <> wrote:
    >> Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    >> Documents
    >> or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever see it
    >> again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do away
    >> with
    >> this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they weren't
    >> accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to 1 and
    >> that
    >> hasn't worked.

    >
    > Do you mean applications, eg Word, when you click file, or recent
    > documents on the Start menu?
    >

    Sorry I wasn't more clear. When you're in a program or folder and click on
    File/Open it is at the top, My Recent Documents. It most often opens to that
    as the default instead of the desktop or whatever.
    Smoker, Feb 15, 2007
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  9. Smoker

    Smoker Guest

    "olfart" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > "Smoker" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    >> Documents or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to
    >> ever see it again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way
    >> to do away with this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but
    >> they weren't accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be
    >> set to 1 and that hasn't worked.
    >>

    > Google for "TweakUI XP"

    I have TweakUI. That removes the folder from the Start menu and that's it.
    Recent... still appears like in File/Open... at the top.
    Smoker, Feb 15, 2007
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  10. Smoker

    Smoker Guest

    "pcbutts1" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > www.ccleaner.com
    >
    > --
    >

    Not applicable. That will clean but not remove or disable the crap that
    accumulates the crap.

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    > Rhonda Lea Kirk, Meat Plow, F Kwatu F, George Orwell
    >
    >
    >
    > "Smoker" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    >> Documents or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to
    >> ever see it again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way
    >> to do away with this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but
    >> they weren't accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be
    >> set to 1 and that hasn't worked.
    >>

    >
    >
    Smoker, Feb 15, 2007
    #10
  11. Smoker

    Frosty Guest

    On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 23:53:22 -0500 in 24hoursupport.helpdesk "Smoker"
    <>, intended to write something intelligible, but instead
    wrote :

    >
    >"the paddle" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> On 14 Feb, 20:18, "Smoker" <> wrote:
    >>> Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    >>> Documents
    >>> or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever see it
    >>> again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do away
    >>> with
    >>> this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they weren't
    >>> accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to 1 and
    >>> that
    >>> hasn't worked.

    >>
    >> Do you mean applications, eg Word, when you click file, or recent
    >> documents on the Start menu?
    >>

    >Sorry I wasn't more clear. When you're in a program or folder and click on
    >File/Open it is at the top, My Recent Documents. It most often opens to that
    >as the default instead of the desktop or whatever.


    I'm trying to duplicate your problem but I don't see this at the top
    of ANY program or folder. I only see it in the Start menu. Is this
    what you want to delete? This folder here??
    >
    Frosty, Feb 15, 2007
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  12. Smoker

    Smoker Guest

    "Frosty" < > wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 23:53:22 -0500 in 24hoursupport.helpdesk "Smoker"
    > <>, intended to write something intelligible, but instead
    > wrote :
    >
    >>
    >>"the paddle" <> wrote in message
    >>news:...
    >>> On 14 Feb, 20:18, "Smoker" <> wrote:
    >>>> Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    >>>> Documents
    >>>> or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever see it
    >>>> again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do away
    >>>> with
    >>>> this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they weren't
    >>>> accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to 1 and
    >>>> that
    >>>> hasn't worked.
    >>>
    >>> Do you mean applications, eg Word, when you click file, or recent
    >>> documents on the Start menu?
    >>>

    >>Sorry I wasn't more clear. When you're in a program or folder and click on
    >>File/Open it is at the top, My Recent Documents. It most often opens to
    >>that
    >>as the default instead of the desktop or whatever.

    >
    > I'm trying to duplicate your problem but I don't see this at the top
    > of ANY program or folder. I only see it in the Start menu. Is this
    > what you want to delete? This folder here??
    >>

    I guess you have to be in a program and go to File then Open. On the
    dropdown list at the very top is My Recent Documents. #2 is usually Desktop.
    I am not talking about what is in the Start menu. I got rid of it's physical
    presence, there anyhow. I don't want to be bothered by any possibility that
    I may want something that was recent. I don't want whatever I do tracked so
    it can be offered to me again at some future point. I just don't want it
    showing up anywhere. There are programs, like graphics and video, where I do
    want that kept but those programs do it within and not as a part of Windows
    XP.
    Smoker, Feb 15, 2007
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  13. Smoker

    Guest

    "Smoker" <> wrote:

    >
    >"Frosty" < > wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 23:53:22 -0500 in 24hoursupport.helpdesk "Smoker"
    >> <>, intended to write something intelligible, but instead
    >> wrote :
    >>
    >>>
    >>>"the paddle" <> wrote in message
    >>>news:...
    >>>> On 14 Feb, 20:18, "Smoker" <> wrote:
    >>>>> Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    >>>>> Documents
    >>>>> or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever see it
    >>>>> again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do away
    >>>>> with
    >>>>> this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they weren't
    >>>>> accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to 1 and
    >>>>> that
    >>>>> hasn't worked.
    >>>>
    >>>> Do you mean applications, eg Word, when you click file, or recent
    >>>> documents on the Start menu?
    >>>>
    >>>Sorry I wasn't more clear. When you're in a program or folder and click on
    >>>File/Open it is at the top, My Recent Documents. It most often opens to
    >>>that
    >>>as the default instead of the desktop or whatever.

    >>
    >> I'm trying to duplicate your problem but I don't see this at the top
    >> of ANY program or folder. I only see it in the Start menu. Is this
    >> what you want to delete? This folder here??


    >I guess you have to be in a program and go to File then Open. On the
    >dropdown list at the very top is My Recent Documents. #2 is usually Desktop.
    >I am not talking about what is in the Start menu. I got rid of it's physical
    >presence, there anyhow. I don't want to be bothered by any possibility that
    >I may want something that was recent. I don't want whatever I do tracked so
    >it can be offered to me again at some future point. I just don't want it
    >showing up anywhere. There are programs, like graphics and video, where I do
    >want that kept but those programs do it within and not as a part of Windows
    >XP.


    Could of mentioned the program(s)...

    If you use UltraEdit, in the advanced/config you can hide the recent
    list.

    Also note that anything you do or edit is listed many times in the
    registry, if your in paranoid/security mode, getting it off your
    computer is about the only way to not access it again, until you need
    it.
    --

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mr.wheatley/cunningbig.htm
    , Feb 15, 2007
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  14. Smoker

    Smoker Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > "Smoker" <> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"Frosty" < > wrote in message
    >>news:...
    >>> On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 23:53:22 -0500 in 24hoursupport.helpdesk "Smoker"
    >>> <>, intended to write something intelligible, but instead
    >>> wrote :
    >>>
    >>>>
    >>>>"the paddle" <> wrote in message
    >>>>news:...
    >>>>> On 14 Feb, 20:18, "Smoker" <> wrote:
    >>>>>> Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    >>>>>> Documents
    >>>>>> or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever see
    >>>>>> it
    >>>>>> again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do
    >>>>>> away
    >>>>>> with
    >>>>>> this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they weren't
    >>>>>> accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to 1
    >>>>>> and
    >>>>>> that
    >>>>>> hasn't worked.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Do you mean applications, eg Word, when you click file, or recent
    >>>>> documents on the Start menu?
    >>>>>
    >>>>Sorry I wasn't more clear. When you're in a program or folder and click
    >>>>on
    >>>>File/Open it is at the top, My Recent Documents. It most often opens to
    >>>>that
    >>>>as the default instead of the desktop or whatever.
    >>>
    >>> I'm trying to duplicate your problem but I don't see this at the top
    >>> of ANY program or folder. I only see it in the Start menu. Is this
    >>> what you want to delete? This folder here??

    >
    >>I guess you have to be in a program and go to File then Open. On the
    >>dropdown list at the very top is My Recent Documents. #2 is usually
    >>Desktop.
    >>I am not talking about what is in the Start menu. I got rid of it's
    >>physical
    >>presence, there anyhow. I don't want to be bothered by any possibility
    >>that
    >>I may want something that was recent. I don't want whatever I do tracked
    >>so
    >>it can be offered to me again at some future point. I just don't want it
    >>showing up anywhere. There are programs, like graphics and video, where I
    >>do
    >>want that kept but those programs do it within and not as a part of
    >>Windows
    >>XP.

    >
    > Could of mentioned the program(s)...
    >
    > If you use UltraEdit, in the advanced/config you can hide the recent
    > list.
    >
    > Also note that anything you do or edit is listed many times in the
    > registry, if your in paranoid/security mode, getting it off your
    > computer is about the only way to not access it again, until you need
    > it.
    > --

    No, I'm not paranoid, it's a major annoyance. I save most things to my
    desktop when I'm on the Internet and when I go File/Save As that My Recent
    Documents is at the top of the save list or opens to it as default instead
    of Desktop like I'm used to and prefer. The program(s) where I will also
    save or open a file seems to be any program where this also happens. It's
    like having an extra unnecessary step to do. Very seldom does it not happen
    and this only started in the past week or so. I've installed a lot of apps
    but nothing that would kick that in unless a backup program would do it.
    Maybe so. I'll check that out after below...

    I'll try UltraEdit and let you know. Thanks.
    Smoker, Feb 15, 2007
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  15. Smoker

    Steve Mills Guest

    Smoker wrote:
    > Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent Documents
    > or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever see it
    > again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do away with
    > this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they weren't
    > accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to 1 and that
    > hasn't worked.
    >
    >


    There is a way to remove it without downloading any new tools! Im not
    sure if it is on Windows XP Home but Start>Rub> type gpedit.msc

    Hit "User Config" and look at all the options, there is an option in
    there to stop collecting recent documents. But also to stop displaying
    them on the start menu.

    There are loads of options, just mes around.
    Steve Mills, Feb 15, 2007
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  16. In news:45d44178$0$141$,
    Steve Mills <> typed:
    > Smoker wrote:
    >> Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    >> Documents or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want
    >> to ever see it again. I don't care about anything recent so is there
    >> a way to do away with this? I've tried several things I found on the
    >> Web but they weren't accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the
    >> registry was to be set to 1 and that hasn't worked.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > There is a way to remove it without downloading any new tools! Im not
    > sure if it is on Windows XP Home but Start>Rub> type gpedit.msc
    >
    > Hit "User Config" and look at all the options, there is an option in
    > there to stop collecting recent documents. But also to stop displaying
    > them on the start menu.
    >
    > There are loads of options, just mes around.


    Yes, indeedy. Sounds just like the recipe for Chernobyl.
    Oksana Gutteridge, Feb 15, 2007
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  17. "Smoker" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    > Documents or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to ever
    > see it again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way to do
    > away with this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but they
    > weren't accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be set to
    > 1 and that hasn't worked.
    >

    Here's my suggestion. Take Word for an example. Run Word, Go to Tools,
    Options, Click on File Locations tab, under File Types, click on Documents,
    then click the Modify button, find the folder you want to open with when you
    click the Open icon.
    Atlas Shrugged, Feb 15, 2007
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  18. Smoker

    Guest

    "Smoker" <> wrote:

    >No, I'm not paranoid, it's a major annoyance. I save most things to my
    >desktop when I'm on the Internet and when I go File/Save As that My Recent
    >Documents is at the top of the save list or opens to it as default instead
    >of Desktop like I'm used to and prefer. The program(s) where I will also
    >save or open a file seems to be any program where this also happens. It's
    >like having an extra unnecessary step to do. Very seldom does it not happen
    >and this only started in the past week or so. I've installed a lot of apps
    >but nothing that would kick that in unless a backup program would do it.
    >Maybe so. I'll check that out after below...


    >I'll try UltraEdit and let you know. Thanks.


    Only if you want an excellent Text Editor.

    Check this program out, it should do what you want
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/mrublaster.html

    I've never used it, it was just the first listing of
    Google: Remove MRU
    --

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    , Feb 15, 2007
    #18
  19. Smoker

    Smoker Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > "Smoker" <> wrote:
    >
    >>No, I'm not paranoid, it's a major annoyance. I save most things to my
    >>desktop when I'm on the Internet and when I go File/Save As that My Recent
    >>Documents is at the top of the save list or opens to it as default instead
    >>of Desktop like I'm used to and prefer. The program(s) where I will also
    >>save or open a file seems to be any program where this also happens. It's
    >>like having an extra unnecessary step to do. Very seldom does it not
    >>happen
    >>and this only started in the past week or so. I've installed a lot of apps
    >>but nothing that would kick that in unless a backup program would do it.
    >>Maybe so. I'll check that out after below...

    >
    >>I'll try UltraEdit and let you know. Thanks.

    >
    > Only if you want an excellent Text Editor.


    It's too excellent for my lowly skills.

    >
    > Check this program out, it should do what you want
    > http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/mrublaster.html
    >
    > I've never used it, it was just the first listing of
    > Google: Remove MRU

    ---
    MRU Blaster is a cleaner only. I don't care if MRUs are kept as long as they
    aren't brought so disturbingly to my attention. I figure if I can disable
    what's causing this I'll be ok but nothing helps.

    I have searched Google using the folder name "My Recent Documents" and fixes
    I've found are like they're using a different version of XP or the registry
    fixes in mine are already set to the recommendations and just aren't
    working. Possibly a Service can be halted to stop this?
    Smoker, Feb 15, 2007
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  20. Smoker

    Smoker Guest

    "Steve Mills" <> wrote in message
    news:45d44178$0$141$...
    > Smoker wrote:
    >> Many times when I click in XP Home to bring down a menu, My Recent
    >> Documents or some such Recent thing is at the top and I don't want to
    >> ever see it again. I don't care about anything recent so is there a way
    >> to do away with this? I've tried several things I found on the Web but
    >> they weren't accurate. . . . NoRecentDocsMenu in the registry was to be
    >> set to 1 and that hasn't worked.

    >
    > There is a way to remove it without downloading any new tools! Im not sure
    > if it is on Windows XP Home but Start>Rub> type gpedit.msc
    >
    > Hit "User Config" and look at all the options, there is an option in there
    > to stop collecting recent documents. But also to stop displaying them on
    > the start menu.
    >
    > There are loads of options, just mes around.
    >

    Windows can't find "gpedit.msc" Are you sure that's the proper spelling?
    Smoker, Feb 16, 2007
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