Disable Recent Documents History to get full privacy


For those who look for full privacy, disable recent documents history is the most frequent feature that been request. Once you disable recent history documents history, files you open will not be added to recent documents history list.

To disable recent documents history:-

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  • Go to Start -> Run -> type regedit and enter
  • Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer
  • Create a DWORD value with the key NoRecentDocsHistory and set the value to 1
  • Done, you have just disable recent documents history.
  • Please logoff or restart your pc to get the recent documents history take effect.

If you are in multi user computer, you can disable recent documents history once for all user. Just follow the steps below to disable recent documents history:-

  • Go to Start -> Run -> type regedit and enter
  • Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer
  • Create a DWORD value with the key NoRecentDocsHistory and set the value to 1
  • Done, you have just disable recent documents history.
  • Please logoff or restart your pc to get the recent documents history take effect.

Important Note: This tutorial teach you how to modify the ms windows registry. Modifying the registry can cause serious problems to your computer. Make sure to back up the registry before you modify it. If problem happen you need to know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. Use this tutorial at your own risk.

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3 Responses to “Disable Recent Documents History to get full privacy”

  1. Brandon says:

    Right click on task bar -> Properties -> Start Menu tab -> Privacy area -> Uncheck Store and display recently opened items in the start menu and the taskbar. This will allow the computer to continue displaying the menu of recently used programs, which is handy.

  2. Suvu says:

    But how do I do this in XP3 … no such group policy edit also for desktop and start menu …

    can som1 help … pls

    tried a lot on this version of XP (service pack 3 or media center edition) but in vain.

    evry1 is invited to access my website for lots of softwares and videos… HAV FUN !

  3. zzz555 says:

    creating the key did nothing to stop it from showing recently opened documents.

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