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VLC player is one of the item most used on my Windows 7 machine. When I click "Start", I\it appears as "pinned" at the program list.

When I mouse over to the VLC players, I will see a list of recently played videos. Now, is there anyway I can remove the recent list? I tried to remove the recent list from the VLC player application, but this doesn't remove the recent list as remembered by the Windows OS system.

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For Windows 7:

  1. Go to the Taskbar and Start Menu properties
  2. Go to "Jump List", uncheck "Store and display recently opened items"
  3. Click Apply then OK
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I add this because people using win10 might land here too: In Win10 this option was moved: Desktop > right click > Personalize > Start > Show recently used files jumplist > disable. – dube Mar 15 at 19:57

From How to Hide Recently Played Files on VLC Player

Click the Media button on the main menu, select Recent Media-> Clear. Then you have deleted the recent media list.


As regarding Windows 7, see this article:
How to Disable/Clear Recent MRU Items from Jump List of Windows 7

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@Ngu Soon Hui: Where do you see a recent list in Windows? – harrymc Sep 6 '10 at 19:02
@harrymc, there are two places where I can see it. 1. When I click "Start", the vlc player is pinned there. 2. When I launch vlc, and I minimize it, zoom my mouse over it, a "recent list" will also appear. Note that after I Clear everything in Recent Media ( as you show), the recent list in Windows is still there. – Graviton Sep 7 '10 at 1:08
I believe you are referring to the MRU list. This may help:… – harrymc Sep 7 '10 at 6:27

I think the best way to clear them is the way outlined in this article - Clear Recent Items In Windows 7 Jumplists

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On my machine, deleting this file clears the VLC jump list:


I'm not sure how the abbca1611c617117 basename is derived, or if it will be constant across different environments.

I found it by searching for files containing known jump list entry filenames in the AutomaticDestinations folder (for example, play example.mp4 in VLC, then search for example.mp4 in files in AutomaticDestinations).

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This is the solution

How Clear/Disable Complete Recent List in Taskbar Jump List of windows 7

  1. Right Click on Taskbar and Select Properties
  2. Now click on Start Menu Tab
  3. Uncheck “Store and Display Recently Opened Items in the Start menu and the taskbar”


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