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In Windows XP there was an option off the task bar properties to clear all recently accessed webpages, recent file lists, ie. cache, temp files and so on; is there an equivalent for Windows 7?

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  • this is not by default in XP, you probably installed a program that added this feature.
    – Snark
    Oct 29 '09 at 21:28
  • it is by default, i didnt install any program, u just click properties on the task bar, then under one of the tabs click the clear button
    – David
    Oct 29 '09 at 21:29
  • OK, now I see what you mean...
    – Snark
    Oct 29 '09 at 21:40
  • its odd, i cant find anything to clear things like like the search bar autocomplete on explorer (which even clearing ie doesnt clear)
    – David
    Oct 29 '09 at 22:07
  • So the Delete Browsing History settings in IE don't work?
    – Sim
    Oct 30 '09 at 1:15
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  1. Right-click on the taskbar or the Windows Orb.
  2. Open "Properties".
  3. On the "Start Menu" tab, click on "Customize...".
  4. In the "Customize Start Menu" windows, check the checkbox "Recent Items".
  5. Click OK twice to close the 2 open windows.
  6. In the Start Menu, you have now a "Recent Items" entry.
  7. If you right-click it, you have a menu option "Clear recent items list".

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    this only clears this list and not things like the search bar autocomplete on explorer (which even clearing ie doesnt clear)
    – David
    Oct 29 '09 at 22:05