How to Add or Remove Recent Items in Windows 7

August 5th, 2011

In windows xp or windows vista, Recent Items showed a list of your recently used files on the right side of the Start menu. You could open a file from this list by clicking it.

Recent Items no longer appears on the Start menu of Windows 7  by default, but you can add it.

1.Right click “Start” and select “Properties”

2.Click the Start Menu tab. Under Privacy, select the Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar check box, if it isn’t already selected.

3.Click Customize. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll through the list of options to find the Recent Items check box, select it, click OK, and then click OK again. (To remove Recent Items from the Start menu, clear the Recent Items check box, click OK, and then click OK again.)


  • To clear the list of items shown in Recent Items, click Start, right-click Recent Items, and then click Clear recent items list.

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