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    Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10

    Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10

    How to Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10
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    20 Mar 2018
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    How to Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10


    Recent items is a list of the files that you have used or opened recently. These items are displayed as "Recent files" in Quick access, and under "Recent" in jump lists on the Start menu and taskbar.

    Frequent places is a list of folders, websites, etc... that you have opened recently. These items are displayed as "Frequent folders" in Quick access, "Frequent places" under File in File Explorer, and under "Frequent" in jump lists on the Start menu and taskbar.

    When you reset and clear recent items and frequent places, it will clear all non default items including any locations you pinned to jump lists and pinned to quick access.

    Your recent items and frequent places are stored in the folder locations below. These are the locations that get cleared when you reset.
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations

    This tutorial will show you how to completely reset and clear all recent items and frequent places in File Explorer, Quick access, jump lists, Start menu, and taskbar for your account in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Reset and Clear "Recent Items" and "Frequent Places" using a BAT file
    • Option Two: Reset and Clear "Recent Items" and "Frequent Places" in Settings app
    • Option Three: Reset and Clear "Recent Items" and "Frequent Places" in File Explorer Options


    EXAMPLE: Where you will see Recent Items and Frequent Places

    (Jump Lists in Start menu)
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    (Jump Lists on taskbar)
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    (Quick access)
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    (File menu in File Explorer)
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    Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10
    Reset and Clear "Recent Items" and "Frequent Places" using a BAT file

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below.

    Reset_and_Clear_Recent_Items.bat


    download

    2. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    3. Unblock the .bat file.

    4. Double click/tap on the .bat file to run it.

    5. You will now notice a command prompt quickly open and close, and then your desktop quickly flash as explorer is restarted.






    Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10
    Reset and Clear "Recent Items" and "Frequent Places" in Settings app

    1. Toggle to turn off and on recent items and frequent places.

    For how, see: How to Turn On or Off 'Recent Items' and 'Frequent Places' in Windows 10

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    Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Reset and Clear Recent Items and Frequent Places in Windows 10
    Reset and Clear "Recent Items" and "Frequent Places" in File Explorer Options


    Clearing File Explorer history deletes the info Windows saved about the files and folders you use as well as what you've typed in the address bar.

    If you clear your history, the Recent files section will disappear from Quick access until you open a file, and all Frequent folders will disappear from Quick access except those you pinned until you open a folder.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home Single Language (x64) Version 1709 (build 16299.309)
       4 Weeks Ago #1

    Thanks a lot for the bat file fix that sorted this many year problem out!!
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  2. Posts : 28,580
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       4 Weeks Ago #2

    You're most welcome altros, and welcome to Ten Forums.
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home Single Language (x64) Version 1709 (build 16299.309)
       4 Weeks Ago #3

    It also fixed my W10 search feature which has never worked before so thx for that too. My hate of W10 has reduced substantialy!
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  4. Posts : 28,580
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       4 Weeks Ago #4

    Be sure to post about any other issues you may be having with Windows 10 in the forum. Hopefully, we be able to help.
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