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Clear my recent documents list in Windows XP

In Windows XP/2003 My recent documents list can be cleared as per the steps described below. For Vista/Windows 7 see the post How to delete Recent Items list in Vista or Windows7

  • Right click the Start button and choose Properties
  • Make sure that Start Menu tab is active.

  • Click customize
  • Click on Advanced tab
  • Click on Clear list (see the snapshot below)
  • Click OK.

In Vista and Windows 7 Recent Documents is renamed as Recent Items.

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  • Anonymous October 1, 2010, 12:58 pm

    How to clear the recent items list from command line?

  • Techblogger October 1, 2010, 1:10 pm

    In Windows xp you can delete recent documents list from command line by running the below command.

    del /Q "%userprofile%Recent*"

    I have tested this on my windows XP sp2 box and it works fine. I need to check a vista or windows 7 machine to see if it this works there too..

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