Where are "Recent Documents"?

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by rfdjr1@optonline.net, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. Guest

    Where are the documents that were recently opened and viewed kept? I used to
    religiously clean that out every day, sometimes several times a day for security
    reasons and I can't find anything close to it in Windows 7.
     
    , Jul 6, 2010
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  2. R. C. White Guest

    Hi, rfdjr1.

    I'm not sure it's what you are looking for, but my Win7 shows "Recent Items"
    on the Start Menu - in the right-hand column.

    You may have this turned off. Right-click on the Start button, then choose
    Properties | Start Menu. Scroll down to "Recent Items" and check the box.

    If you really mean "Recent Documents", then that must be in some
    application, not in the Windows 7 operating system itself. For example, in
    Microsoft Word 2010, the File button menu has a "Recent" caption, which
    expands to "Recent Documents" when clicked.

    If you can be more specific, maybe we can help you find what you need.

    RC
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    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2010 (15.3.2804.0607) in Win7 Ultimate x64)


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    Where are the documents that were recently opened and viewed kept? I used to
    religiously clean that out every day, sometimes several times a day for
    security
    reasons and I can't find anything close to it in Windows 7.
     
    R. C. White, Jul 6, 2010
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  3. wrote:
    > Where are the documents that were recently opened and viewed kept? I used to
    > religiously clean that out every day, sometimes several times a day for security
    > reasons and I can't find anything close to it in Windows 7.



    Same place as they were in WinXP and Vista. Have you set your Start
    Menu to stored recently opened items? Right-click the Task Bar >
    Properties > Start Menu > Customize > Privacy.

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    Bruce Chambers, Jul 6, 2010
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  4. Guest

    On Mon, 05 Jul 2010 21:24:30 -0600, Bruce Chambers <3t>
    wrote:

    > wrote:
    >> Where are the documents that were recently opened and viewed kept? I used to
    >> religiously clean that out every day, sometimes several times a day for security
    >> reasons and I can't find anything close to it in Windows 7.

    >
    >
    > Same place as they were in WinXP and Vista. Have you set your Start
    >Menu to stored recently opened items? Right-click the Task Bar >
    >Properties > Start Menu > Customize > Privacy.


    Thanks. That works fine until I click on Customize and the menu of options opens
    up. Nowhere in the list do I see the word "Privacy".
     
    , Jul 6, 2010
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  5. Guest

    On Mon, 5 Jul 2010 21:19:51 -0500, "R. C. White" <> wrote:

    >Hi, rfdjr1.
    >
    >I'm not sure it's what you are looking for, but my Win7 shows "Recent Items"
    >on the Start Menu - in the right-hand column.
    >
    >You may have this turned off. Right-click on the Start button, then choose
    >Properties | Start Menu. Scroll down to "Recent Items" and check the box.
    >
    >If you really mean "Recent Documents", then that must be in some
    >application, not in the Windows 7 operating system itself. For example, in
    >Microsoft Word 2010, the File button menu has a "Recent" caption, which
    >expands to "Recent Documents" when clicked.
    >
    >If you can be more specific, maybe we can help you find what you need.
    >
    >RC


    Thanks. What I'm referring to is in WIndows XP, I;d click on the Start Button
    and when the box ipened up above it, to the right it said "Documents". If I
    clicked on that, it showed all documents, either Word documents, pictures,etc,
    that I'd recently opened. In fact, I had a little executable file as an icon on
    my desktop that I could double-click whenever I wanted to and it would clear out
    that Documents folder. I see nothing like that in Windows 7.
     
    , Jul 6, 2010
    #5
  6. Guest

    On Mon, 05 Jul 2010 21:24:30 -0600, Bruce Chambers <3t>
    wrote:

    > wrote:
    >> Where are the documents that were recently opened and viewed kept? I used to
    >> religiously clean that out every day, sometimes several times a day for security
    >> reasons and I can't find anything close to it in Windows 7.

    >
    >
    > Same place as they were in WinXP and Vista. Have you set your Start
    >Menu to stored recently opened items? Right-click the Task Bar >
    >Properties > Start Menu > Customize > Privacy.



    Okay, in that list, while I don't see Privacy, I found a box called Recent Items
    which I clicked and I now see it when I open the Start menu. It's over on the
    right,. Now all I have to do is figure out how to delete them all at once. Right
    now it appears I have to delete each one individually. I can't highlight more
    than one at a time, like using Shift when I click. But it;'s a start, Thanks for
    both replies.
     
    , Jul 6, 2010
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  7. Guest

    On Mon, 05 Jul 2010 22:55:40 -0700, Frank <> wrote:

    >On 7/5/2010 10:41 PM, wrote:
    >> On Mon, 05 Jul 2010 21:24:30 -0600, Bruce Chambers<3t>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> wrote:
    >>>> Where are the documents that were recently opened and viewed kept? I used to
    >>>> religiously clean that out every day, sometimes several times a day for security
    >>>> reasons and I can't find anything close to it in Windows 7.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Same place as they were in WinXP and Vista. Have you set your Start
    >>> Menu to stored recently opened items? Right-click the Task Bar>
    >>> Properties> Start Menu> Customize> Privacy.

    >>
    >> Thanks. That works fine until I click on Customize and the menu of options opens
    >> up. Nowhere in the list do I see the word "Privacy".

    >
    >It's not in "Customize. It's under "Start Menu", below the Power button
    >action...you'll see "Privacy" with two boxes to place ticks in of your
    >choice. I have ticks in both.
    >HTH


    Beside Home, Professional and Ultimate are there different versions of Windows
    7? I have nothing at all below the Shut Down button when I open the start menu.
    I assume that;s what you mean by the Power button? Otherwise, I don't see a
    Power button either.
     
    , Jul 6, 2010
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  8. Gordon Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I used to religiously clean that out every day, sometimes several times a
    > day for security
    > reasons


    Eh? SECURITY? WHY?

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    Gordon, Jul 6, 2010
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  9. Nil Guest

    On 05 Jul 2010, wrote in alt.windows7.general:

    > Where are the documents that were recently opened and viewed kept?
    > I used to religiously clean that out every day, sometimes several
    > times a day for security reasons and I can't find anything close
    > to it in Windows 7.


    In Vista they are in

    C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

    Windows 7 probably uses the same location. They are all shortcuts to
    the documents, not the actual documents themselves.

    In Vista, if you right-click on "Recent Items" you can choose the
    option "Clear Recent Items List". CCleaner can delete them semi-
    automatically. You could write a batch file to do it.
     
    Nil, Jul 6, 2010
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  10. Tom Lake Guest


    > Beside Home, Professional and Ultimate are there different versions of
    > Windows
    > 7? I have nothing at all below the Shut Down button when I open the start
    > menu.
    > I assume that;s what you mean by the Power button? Otherwise, I don't see
    > a
    > Power button either.


    Don't open the Start Menu. Right click on the Task Bar.
    Then click properties. Click the Start Menu Tab.
    There will be a Privacy section in the window that
    opens.

    Tom Lake
     
    Tom Lake, Jul 6, 2010
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  11. relic Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Where are the documents that were recently opened and viewed kept? I used
    > to
    > religiously clean that out every day, sometimes several times a day for
    > security
    > reasons and I can't find anything close to it in Windows 7.


    C:\Users\rfdjr1\Recent
     
    relic, Jul 6, 2010
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  12. Ken Blake Guest

    On Tue, 06 Jul 2010 02:47:22 -0400, wrote:

    > Beside Home, Professional and Ultimate are there different versions of Windows
    > 7?




    There is no edition called simply "Home." There are "Home Basic" and
    "Home Premium." There are also Starter and Enterprise.
     
    Ken Blake, Jul 6, 2010
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  13. On Tue, 6 Jul 2010 07:25:09 +0000 (UTC), Nil wrote:

    > On 05 Jul 2010, wrote in alt.windows7.general:
    >
    >> Where are the documents that were recently opened and viewed kept?
    >> I used to religiously clean that out every day, sometimes several
    >> times a day for security reasons and I can't find anything close
    >> to it in Windows 7.

    >
    > In Vista they are in
    >
    > C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
    >
    > Windows 7 probably uses the same location. They are all shortcuts to
    > the documents, not the actual documents themselves.


    Yes, it's the same in my Vista HP, except "Recent" reads "Recent Items"
    here.

    > In Vista, if you right-click on "Recent Items" you can choose the
    > option "Clear Recent Items List". CCleaner can delete them semi-
    > automatically. You could write a batch file to do it.


    The same in my Vista HP (I didn't know about that!), and that option is
    also present if you right-click "Recent Items" in the start menu...

    --
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    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 6, 2010
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