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  1. Posts : 68,842
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #10

    S Malik said:
    I have a Windows 10 Pro version1909. I can't find these locations on my system:
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations
    or
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

    Hello S Malik,

    I just checked on my 1909 system, and I still have them.

    Just to verify, did you copy and paste those paths into the address bar of File Explorer and press Enter to open them?
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  2. Posts : 27
    Windows 10
       #11

    Brink said:
    Hello S Malik,

    I just checked on my 1909 system, and I still have them.

    Just to verify, did you copy and paste those paths into the address bar of File Explorer and press Enter to open them?
    No I didn't search in Explorer.
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  3. Posts : 68,842
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #12

    S Malik said:
    No I didn't search in Explorer.
    Yep, you won't see them unless you copy and paste those paths in the address bar and press Enter.
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  4. Posts : 27
    Windows 10
       #13

    Brink said:
    Yep, you won't see them unless you copy and paste those paths in the address bar and press Enter.
    ic. Thank you
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  5. Posts : 68,842
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       #14

    S Malik said:
    ic. Thank you
    You're most welcome.
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  6. Posts : 9
    WIndows 10
       #15

    Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10-image.png
    it also works in version 1903

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    Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10-image.png
    it also works in version 1903
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  7. Posts : 68,842
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       #16

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  8. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2
       #17

    Hello everyone,

    is there a way to clear the "Recent files" and/or "Frequent folders" only in Explorer without resetting all jump lists?
    Like unchecking/check the two options "Show recently used files/folders..." in the "Folder Options" but via cmd.

    I noticed while unchecking/check the mentioned options, the "5f7b5f1e01b83767.automaticDestinations-ms" is changed.
    If one delete it manually, it will be created again but then files are listed under "Recent files" which were previously have been removed from Quick Access.
    It seems the list is regenerated from the contents of "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items".

    Is the whole interaction between Recent Items, AutomaticDestinations, CustomDestinations and maybe even the registry (?) documented somewhere?

    Thanks and regards,
    Martin
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  9. Posts : 68,842
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       #18

    mfessler said:
    Hello everyone,

    is there a way to clear the "Recent files" and/or "Frequent folders" only in Explorer without resetting all jump lists?
    Like unchecking/check the two options "Show recently used files/folders..." in the "Folder Options" but via cmd.

    I noticed while unchecking/check the mentioned options, the "5f7b5f1e01b83767.automaticDestinations-ms" is changed.
    If one delete it manually, it will be created again but then files are listed under "Recent files" which were previously have been removed from Quick Access.
    It seems the list is regenerated from the contents of "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items".

    Is the whole interaction between Recent Items, AutomaticDestinations, CustomDestinations and maybe even the registry (?) documented somewhere?

    Thanks and regards,
    Martin
    Hello Martin,

    Unfortunately, recent items and frequent places in both Files Explorer and Jump Lists locations are all tied together.

    I haven't found any official reference material on this at Microsoft so far. It sure would be nice to know what each specific automaticDestinations-ms file was for.

    It has pretty much been trial and error while testing to see what one may be for.

    "5f7b5f1e01b83767.automaticDestinations-ms" is indeed for favorites in File Explorer > Quick Access.

    "f01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms" is for Quick Access folders.

    "1bc392b8e104a00e.automaticDestinations-ms" is for computer history from Remote Desktop Connection.
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