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    Recent Items List
    How to Turn the Recent Items List On or Off in Vista
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    23 Jun 2007
    Recent Items List

    How to Turn the Recent Items List On or Off in Vista

    information   Information
    This is a list of recently opened files and programs displayed in the Start Menu and the Recently Changed shortcut in Favorite Links. Recent Items are not displayed in the Classic Start Menu.
    Note   Note
    The Recent Items folder is located at:
    NOTE: You will need to have Show hidden files and folders checked in Folder Options.


    C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items
    Tip   Tip

    • You can also open this location by typing shell:recent and in the white line (Start Search) area of the Start Menu and pressing Enter.
    • If you would like to remove (disable) the Start menu Pin to area to leave only Recent Programs listed, then see: How to Enable or Disable Pin to Start Menu in Vista
    warning   Warning
    When you go to the Recent Items folder location above and you have a yellow folder named Recent instead of one named Recent Items with a icon, then right click on the Recent folder and click Delete. Type shell:recent in the white line (Start Search) area of the Start Menu and press Enter. Logoff and logon, or restart the computer, to rebuild the folder back to the default Recent Items. Recent Items will not function correctly if is not set as the default Recent Items folder.

    EXAMPLE: Start Menu and Favorite Links
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    Here's How:
    NOTE: This method is for both the normal and classic Start menu.
    1. Right click on the Start Button and click Properties.

    2. To Turn Recent Files List On or Off
    A) Check or Uncheck the Store and display a list of recently opened files box. (See screenshot below step 5)
    NOTE: This list is in the Recent Items button in the Start Menu and in Recently Changed for Favorite Links inside a Explorer window. (See screenshot at top) If this is not checked, the folder location (at top of tutorial) will only flash open and then close quickly.

    B) Go to step 5.
    3. To Turn Recent Programs List On or Off
    A) Check or Uncheck the Store and display a list of recently opened programs box. (See screenshot below step 5)
    NOTE: This list is displayed in the left white area of the Start Menu. (See screenshot at top)

    B) Go to step 5.
    4. To Clear the Recent Files and Programs List
    NOTE: This will delete the lists and reset it clean.
    5. Click Apply and then click on OK.
    Recent Items List-properties.jpg
    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Re: Recent Items List

    I haven't been using the Recently Opened Items but when I open them up I notice they are in alphabetical order instead of MRU. Seems to be limited functionality. If I use a file that starts with 'z' I'll probably never see it in there!! Is there a Registry Tweak to change it to MRU order?

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    Re: Recent Items List

    Hi MilesAhead,

    I'm not aware of any to change the MRU order, but you should be able to right click on the Recent Items button and click on Open to see all of them.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Recent Items List

    Ok I see what you mean. Thanks.

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    Re: Recent Items List

    You're welcome MilesAhead.

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    Re: Recent Items List

    Hi,
    My folder for Recent Items is called Recent, so I followed your instructions and changed it to Recent Items. However, when I turned off my computer and turned it on again it was changed back to Recent.
    My Recent Items list works until I turn off my computer, when it deletes the list. I would like it not to do that.
    Thanks

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    Re: Recent Items List

    Hello Eruli, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    At the registry (regedit) locations below, double check to make sure that you have these "Data" entries for Recent in the right pane.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    (data - exactly as is below)

    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

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    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
    (data - substitue Brink with your user account name instead)

    C:\Users\Brink\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

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    Afterwards, fix the folder again as in the tutorial to see if it stays fixed now.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: Recent Items List

    Hello,
    Thanks for the help but how do you get Registry Files up? Sorry for the issue, just not that technological.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Recent Items List

    No problem eruli. You would type regedit in the Start Menu's search box at the bottom, and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

    If you like, post back with the name of your user account on your computer, and I can create a REG file that you could use to make sure that those registry locations are set properly automatically.

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    Re: Recent Items List

    Thank you - my user name is Ellen
    Thanks

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