Is there a way to tell Windows 7/8/10 to completely ignore a folder when tracking it's recent items? Not just a single program, but anything making use of files in a given directory. Jumplists don't seem to cover this.

I have to believe there's a mechanism for this, as lots of temporary files and such don't get recorded in the recent items list.

So where is the OS keeping track of what not to include in the recent items list? Is it an NTFS attribute? Or is there a policy involved?

I specifically DO NOT want to disable recent item tracking entirely. It's a useful feature, most of the time. But for certain directories I'd prefer to avoid the recent list getting filled up with listings from some directories.

  • Not that I have ever found. Also there is file history stored in C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History – Moab Jan 5 '16 at 17:46

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