Like previous versions of Windows, Vista maintains a list of your recently opened files on the Start Menu. This is supposed to give you quick access to the files that you most recently opened. Some users however, may not want others knowing what files they are working on and feel it is a breach of privacy. Vista does give you the option of disabling this feature so users can maintain their privacy.

To disable the list of recently opened files:

  1. Right click the Taskbar and click Properties.
  2. Click the Start Menu tab.
  3. Under the Privacy section, uncheck the Store and display a list of recently opened files.
  4. Click OK.

Note: You can also disable the list of recently opened programs by removing the check beside the Store and display a list of recently opened programs option.

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