You never know when that hop list of Recent Documents will come back to haunt you. You may share your user account with others or you might just be really careful. We are only here to show you how each time you shut down, it clears. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to clear the list of recent documents when exiting Windows 10.

Clear the list of recent documents when exiting Windows 10

To clear the list of recent documents when exit Windows 10, follow this procedure step by step.

Method#1

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search box and choose the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you choose the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type Regedit in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. As you click the OK button, the following Registry Editor screen will appear.

Navigate through the following path from the left pane of the screen.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Right click on the Explorer option and select the New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value option as the following image is showing.

Rename the newly created word as ClearRecentDocsOnExit as the following image is showing.

Double click the ClearRecentDocsOnExit option and the following dialogue box will appear.

Type 1 in the Value data textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Close the Registry Editor screen. You need to restart the PC to clear the recent documents from the list.

Method#2

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search box and choose the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you choose the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type gpedit.msc in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. As you click the OK button, the Local Group Policy Editor screen will appear like this.

Navigate through the following path from the left pane of the screen.

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar

As you click the Start Menu and Taskbar option from the left pane, the right pane of the screen will show a lot of options. Double click the Clear history of recently opened documents on exit option as highlighted in the above image. As you double click this option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Choose the Enabled radio button from the appeared dialogue box. Then click the Apply and then OK button as highlighted in the above image. Now close the Local Group Policy Editor screen. Then restart the PC to apply these changes. The recent documents list will not show after Windows will restart.

If you want to undo the change any time, you can follow the same procedure and select the Not Configured or Disabled radio button.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to clear the list of recent documents when exiting Windows 10.

How to clear the list of recent documents when exiting Windows 10
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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