Remove Recent Documents in Windows XP

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Usually Windows XP tracks recent documents and it appears in the Recent Documents menu in the Start menu. This helps us to easily access our pervious documents. But sometimes this will be a threat to our privacy when two or more people using the same computer. So if you want, you can easily turn off this service by a simple registry hack.

Care must be taken while editing the windows registry.

Follow these steps to do our work.

To open Registry Editor, click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK. The registry editor will appear.

Go to the following key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.

Under the Explorer folder create a DWORD value. To do this, select the Explorer folder by clicking on it. And then right click on the right pane and select new>DWORD Value. Name the value as “NoRecentDocsMenu” (without quotes).

Set its value to 1. To do this, double click on the value we have created and type in 1 in the box under the Value Data in the coming window.

Restart windows to complete our work. Then we can see there will not be Recent Documents menu in the start menu


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