How to Clear Recent Documents, Files, Movies, Songs, Items in Windows Vista

In Windows Vista, most of the recently accessed are stored in a “Recent Items” list. The primary purpose of this list is to give the user easy access to the programs/files that he/she uses the most. This list stores information of your file activity on the system for up to last 10 files that you open or access. It lists all the files you have accessed, including documents, spreadsheets, worksheets, presentations, photos, pictures, images, PDFs, ZIPs, etc.

However, in order to preserve the privacy of the files/documents that you use, you might wish to delete the “Recent Items” list. If you want to do so, you are not alone – and there is a simple way by which you can remove all items from the “Recent Items” list.

Here is what you have to do –

  1. Open Start Menu and right-click on Recent Items.
  2. Select Clear Recent Items List.
  3. Wait for the computer to delete all the necessary historic information.

This trick is particularly useful if you used a shared computer and have some private work to do. In such a case, you do not want the other users to know of the files/documents that you have accessed on the machine. Thus, the above trick helps you to keep your private files away from prying eyes and long noses.