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  • #10629

    What are the steps I need to take?

  • #10631

    Alex Schenker

    To clear them once, you simply:

    • Right-click on the Taskbar and pick Properties
    • Select the Start Menu tab, followed by “Customize”
    • Select the Advanced tab, then uncheck “List my most recently opened documents,” and use the Clear List button to clear the current list.

    How to disable document tracking permanently?

    The above approach will clear your document list and prevent it from displaying under the Start Menu. However, a recent document history will still be kept in the background. To turn this functionality off entirely, you’ll need to edit your registry. Important: editing your registry and making mistakes can cause disastrous side effects, including leaving your PC unable to boot, so please proceed cautiously!

    • Select Start -> Run -> and type “regedit”
    • Open folders in the registry to navigate to

      HCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    • Set the data value for “NoRecentDocsHistory” to 1
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      Re: HCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

      I think Microsoft have got wise to this one and renamed it. Outrageous that tracking devices follow us compromising our security without our knowledge. Should be a law against it.

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