Clear Recent Document List


Dear Computer Lady,

I really enjoy your new letter and it has helped me to learn so much. I need to know how to delete recently opened documents in XP. It is done differently in ME.  I cannot find directions to do it.

Thank you Ginger


Dear Ginger,

This option is a little bit harder to find in XP than it was in earlier versions of Windows. Here is how to clear your recent documents list in Windows XP:

1. Right click on a blank spot on your taskbar, and click “Properties”.

2. The “Taskbar and Start Menu Properties” window will appear. Click on the “Start Menu” tab and click on the “Customize…” button in the “Start Menu” section.

3. The “Customize Start Menu” window will appear. Click on the “Advanced” tab and near the bottom of the page, you will see a “Recent Documents” section. Click the button in that section that says “Clear List”.

4. Click “OK” twice and you will be done.


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