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Windows Vista / XP Tip: How to Automatically Clear Recently Opened Documents at Logoff or Shutdown

by Shivaranjan on October 31, 2007

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Reader Venkatraman asks, ” I am fed of clearing my recently opened documents list manually, is there way to do this automatically windows?” Many of my friends always ask this question to me now and then. So it is high time that I document this. :-D

Venkatraman you can do this if you follow the following steps.

1. You need to access the Group policy editor of windows. Go to Start Menu > Run > Type “gpedit.msc” (without quotes) now hit enter.

2. Now you would be presented with Group policy editor. Now select User configuration > Administrative Template > Start Menu and Task

3. There would be various options now select “Clear history of recently opened documents on exit”

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4. All you have to do now is enable this and forget about clearing your recently opened documents. From now on Windows would automatically clear the recently opened documents whenever you logoff or shutdown your computer.

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If you share your computer with many users with single login then this would be very helpful in safeguarding your privacy. If you have any questions use the contact form to submit it.

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