Clear The Recent Items List In Vista On Exit

The Vista Start Menu includes a sub-menu called Recent Items. It’s not a new feature in Vista but it is definitely a useful one because it lets you quickly access a document that you recently opened. When you point to Recent Items, a submenu appears listing the last few documents that you recently opened. I use this feature all the time instead of having to locate the document on my computer somewhere.

Some see this feature as a privacy risk because someone else can possibly see what documents you have been working on. If you share your computer with other users, you can configure Vista to clear the contents of this list each time you shut down your computer.

  1. Click the Start button and type gpedit.msc in the Search field. Press Enter.
  2. Navigate to the following container: User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Start Menu and Taskbar.
  3. Right click the Clear history of recently opened document on exit and click Properties.
  4. Click Enabled and click OK.

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  • Jon

    I am trying to recover my “Clear recent Hisotry” button. I somehow lost it. I tried to follow your directions above, but it cannot locate gpedit.msc. Can you help me? I am operating on Windows Vista.

  • Waseem

    I can’t run gpedit.msc from Start->Run and Windows can’t find it from Start->Search, even gpedit.msc/.exe is not anywhere in C: drive, but there are files like gpedit.dll and gpresult.exe etc. I’m searching in google for “how to launch group policy in vista” but nothing helped as yet.

    Is there a link to group policy editor somewhere in Control Panel etc? I’m using “Windows VISTA Home Premium”, does this edition of Windows even has the gpedit utility?

  • sniperfx20

    Same here, i cant find it…any help