How to Use and Clear My Recent Documents

By: Sam Miller
If you have been using a certain brand as an operating system for your computer for so long now, you may have noticed that your recent documents are displayed whenever you click on the Start button. It is understood that not all people like the way these are presented and want these previous documents removed. This is because the documents may be hidden or the computer is shared-perhaps in the family or in the office. There are times that we do not want to share files so information is not compromised. Others may want to simply tweak it a little bit. Below you will see guidelines on how to do just what you want, including how to clear My Recent Documents.If you want to view or open the file that you have previously worked on and closed but forgot where it is saved, this feature of the operating system is one of your biggest chances to recover the file. This is especially so if you work in a company with hundreds of shared drives and folders.

To do this, just right-click on the Start button then click on Properties.? Next is to click customize then select the tab that says Advanced. Now you will see the Recent Documents option. Click on it and it will show an option for you to click List most recently opened documents. There is a check box here that you can tick. Click OK and then click on another OK.Now click on the Start button and you will see the list of your recent documents. Choose the file that you want opened and save it in your preferred shared drive.Next, if you want to clear the contents of all of these, you need to repeat some of the processes above. Right-click on the Start button and then click on Properties. Next, you click on the Customize button and then follow it through with the advanced tab. There is a section that says Recent Documents. What needs to be done is to select Clear List and then click on the Ok button for the first time and then click another one to close the window. Once you click on the Start button again, you will not be able to see the documents listed again. However, this does not delete the files. If this is what you need to get done, you need to go to the containing folder and then delete the file as you normally would.Now what about if you have mistakenly cleared this and you want to get them back in the interface? Simple. Right click on the Start button and then select Properties. Once this is done, click on the Customize button and then click on the Advanced tab. Next, tick the box that says List My Most Recently Opened Documents. Click on Ok then click on the other OK to close the window. Once this is powerScience Articles, you may click on the Start button and your most recent documents will be displayed. How to use and clear My Recent Documents is fairly easy. No sweat.

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