clearing the recent documents list



Ok i've seen some pretty stupid things in vista but this one takes the

every time I try to clear the recent documents list, if there are any
documents in that list which have been deleted from disk (or were on a
disk which isn't plugged in any more), it:

(a) searches the whole disk for it (unless you click cancel)
(b) if it was found in the recycle bin, asks if I want to restore it
(c) says it is no longer there and asks if I want to delete the
shortcut anyway

this happens for each of the documents stored in the list, not just
the 10 that are actually shown on the menu. Once you've got into this
process there is no option to cancel.

I can't believe nobody else finds this a problem unless i'm doing
something stupid. is there some other way to clear the list which
doesn't go through this long winded procedure


Michael Walraven

I don't have a 'recent documents' but I do have a 'recent items' in the
start menu.
Right clicking that and selecting 'clear recent items list' goes smoothly
taking several seconds. I am pretty sure that at least some items in the
list had been deleted.

Perhaps we are talking about different things.

Vista Home Premium SP1, US english


ok well i've tried your suggestion of un-checking and re-checking the
"store and display a list of recently opened files" and that didn't
make any difference

well in fact it gave all the error messages and prompts but didn't
actually clear the list afterwards

I wondered whether the problem might be to do with running the start
menu in 'classic' mode, so I switched to vista style then did a right-
click on 'recent items' tried to clear from there as suggested by
michael above. That didn't work either (to put it mildly) - the first
couple of times I tried it, explorer crashed :-(

Mark L. Ferguson

All of those things are actually registry changes. I would guess you are
seeing some version of a registry Permissions error.

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