By default Recent Documents is not included on the Windows 7 start menu. You will not find it where it used to available on Windows XP. It’s in the different location like Windows Vista and this simple guide shows you how to find Windows 7 recent documents location and add it to start menu.
Recent documents access is very useful to view the recently opened files from a local computer or network location. Sometimes you would have opened and worked with a file but forgot the exact location after it, by viewing the recent documents list you can easily find your particular important files no matter where its saved.
Here we show you the exact location of recent documents list on computer, this will be helpful if you like to delete/remove some or all recent documents shortcut from the list.
Recent Documents on Windows 7 is Located Here,
Since it’s an user specific history, you will find the list of files, folders and other places which recently accessed under every particular user profile folder. Show hidden files option should be enabled to browse this path.
To clear or remove the recent documents in Windows 7, simply delete all files from this location. Do not worry, you are not deleting the actual file, this is just a shortcut (reference) of the file/folder which is located somewhere on your PC or network.
How to Show Recent Documents in Start Menu
Here is the default setup without recent documents on the start menu,
1) Right click on the Windows taskbar and go to Properties.
Under Start Menu click Customize as shown below.
2) Find out ‘Recent Items’ and enable it. Also you can control the number of recent items to show in the list from start menu.
3) Press OK to show recent documents on the start menu.
How to Disable or Turn Off Recent Items on Windows 7
In some cases you would not like to see any recent history, so it can be turned off or disabled permanently on Windows 7.
You will find the privacy option as shown below under taskbar and start menu properties. Simply removing the check box will help in not storing any files/history in Windows 7 recent items.