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Windows XP - Hide the recently Opened Documents

Welcome to this Windows XP tutorial on how to show or hide the recently opened documents list on the start menu. You may want to hide the recently opened documents so that other people using the computer cannot see what you have been working on.

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Windows XP - Hide Recently Opened Documents

image of windows xp taskbar

From the windows xp desktop you will see a horizontal blue bar running along the bottom of the screen, this is the taskbar.

To change some of the taskbar properties, right click the blue taskbar and a small menu you appear as pictured. Click the 'Properties' option.

windows xp taskbar properties

The Taskbar properties window will load up and present you with some settings.

At the very top of the window you will see two tabs labelled 'Taskbar' and 'Start Menu'.

Click the 'Start menu' tab.

Taskbar and Start menu properties box in Windows XP

You will see the Start menu options which allow the menu to be displayed as the Windows XP default menu or the older style Windows 98 Classic Start Menu.

Next to the Start menu option you will see a 'Customize' button. Click this button which will launch the Start Menu settings.

Once the window loads, click the 'Advanced' tab along the top.

show how to clear the recently opened documents in Windows XP

You can see where we have circled the option to 'List my most recently opened documents'.

If you want to hide the most recently opened documents from appearing on the Start menu then untick this option. You can also clear any documents that are currently showing by clicking the 'Clear List' button to the right.

If you want to show the recently opened documents on the start menu then tick the checkbox. You can see below how the recently opened documents appears on the Start menu.

show the recently opened documents in windows xp

You can see in the picture where the recently opened documents menu appears. If you untick the setting then this menu is hidden.

Once you have changed the setting then click the 'Ok' button and once back at the taskbar property box, click the 'Ok' button again to exit the taskbar settings.

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