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When you right click on a taskbar icon such as notepad, it will popup a list called "Recent".

In my case, it is a large annoying list that I would rather have removed. How do I do this?

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The answer is: right click on taskbar -> properties -> choose start menu tab, uncheck the checkbox says "store and display recently opened items in the start menu and the taskbar" – BornToCode Jun 20 '13 at 9:25
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You'll need to modify your Windows 7 jumplist properties.

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Jumplists don't get disabled altogether, just the best feature of them. – matthews Aug 14 '09 at 4:06
Important to note, as @matthews says. Jumplists do not get disabled. – pavsaund Aug 14 '09 at 7:47
Thank you. I feel like an idiot for not seeing that. – user3695 Aug 15 '09 at 8:34

The solution proposed by pcmapbell will work, but that will turn jump lists off for all applications, not just notepad. Unfortunately there is no way to control this on a per-application basis. Out of curiosity, why is this an issue for you?

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Obviously he's been looking at porn that he doesn't want to show up there. – matthews Aug 14 '09 at 4:06
ASCII porn? Interesting... – Sasha Chedygov Aug 15 '09 at 19:32
maybe notepad was mentioned just for covering the tracks ;) – Martin Dec 3 '09 at 15:00

There is also the option to remove individual entries via the "Remove from this list" right click action, for an individual item approach.

right click action on notepad

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I was searching for this option recently, because I knew it from the RC of Win 7. In my final version, this does not work any more. – Martin Dec 3 '09 at 14:59

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