In Windows 7, there is a "Recent Items" list on the start menu. It contains links to recently opened documents and is essentially the same as "My Recent Documents" in Windows XP.

However, Windows 7 also shows recent documents corresponding to the particular programs on the start menu.

I would like to retain the "Recent Items" list but disable the display of recent documents corresponding to all the programs on the start menu. How can I do this?

Here is a minimal example of what I would like:



Recent Items

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I recommend trying an alternative Start Menu like Classic Shell™ http://www.classicshell.net

The option you're looking for is "Enable jumplists". You can find it in the "Main Menu" tab, in the Settings window. Just clear the checkbox and you're done.

Settings for Classic Start Menu

It also has other many advanced features and improvements over the standard Start Menu:

  • Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
  • Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
  • Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
  • Translated in 40 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
  • Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
  • Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
  • The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
  • Supports jumplists for easy access to recent documents and common tasks
  • Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
  • Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins
  • Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
  • Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
  • Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Windows 7)
  • Implements a customizable Start button
  • Can show, search and launch Windows Store apps (Windows 8 and up)
  • And last but not least – it's FREE!

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