How to hide recent items for apps on Windows 10

Windows 10 keeps a small record of items / files that a user has accessed. This record is maintained per app and is maintained in multiple sessions.

The items accessed are categorized as ‘Recent’ items and are displayed when a user right-clicks on an app tile in the Start menu, right-clicks on an app in the list of apps, right-click click an app on the taskbar, or search for an app in Windows.

Hide recent items for apps

Windows 10 limits recent items for an app to ten, though some apps may show more recent items than others. These items are temporarily stored in the following locations. When accessing new items, the parent is scrubbed of them.

%AppData%MicrosoftWindowsRecent Items
%AppData%MicrosoftWindowsRecentAutomaticDestinations
%AppData%MicrosoftWindowsRecentCustomDestinations

Of these three places only %AppData%MicrosoftWindowsRecent Items provides a direct link to a recent article.

We talked about how users can exclude an item from recent items. Excluding an item can prevent sensitive files from being listed in the application list.

However, if you want to disable the feature completely, you can do so. The only limitation here is that if you disable recent items for one app, it will disable it for all apps.

Windows 10 Settings app

Follow these steps to enable recent items on Windows 10 Home / Pro.

  1. Open the Settings app (Win + I keyboard shortcut).
  2. Go to Personalization.
  3. Choose the Start tab.
  4. Scroll off, a Disable “Show recently opened items in pop-ups, on Start or taskbar and in File Explorer Quick Access”.
  5. Everyone Recent items will be hidden.

Windows 10 Group Policy

You can also hide recent items by changing the Group Policy on Windows 10 Pro.

  1. Tap on the Win + R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. In the run box tik gpedit.msc in and press Enter.
  3. Go to the column on the left User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Start menu and taskbar.
  4. Search in the window on the right for a policy called “Do not keep history of recently opened documents”.
  5. Double click on it access to its features / settings.
  6. Select the ‘Connected’ optionand click Apply.

History of recent items

Your recent article history is stored in multiple sessions, meaning you can turn Windows 10 off and on again, and it will still remember which items you recently visited.

Although the history of sessions is maintained, it is not maintained when the feature is turned off and then on again. Which means, if you choose to hide recent items for programs and then turn them on again, Windows 10 will fill in a new list of recent items from that point.

All items you visited before re-enabling the feature will be lost.

The article How to hide recent items for programs on Windows 10 first appears on TechtricksNg.

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