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How To Hide Recently Opened Items / Files In Windows 10

Make PC More Private!

Windows 10 Settings showing list of options for Start.

If you share your PC with other users you may want to make your Windows 10 system a little more private. 

By turning off ‘Recently Opened Files’ you will no longer be able to see what items you have recently opened, so they will no longer appear in your Windows 10 start or taskbar jump lists and in File Explorer Quick Access.

To hide recently opened files:

1. Right Click Windows start menu icon (in bottom left-hand corner) > Settings

Windows 10 Start menu icon showing Settings in context menu.

2. Click on Personalisation

Windows 10 Settings showing Personalisation option.

3. Start tab (on the left-hand side) > Then turn off “Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar and in File Explorer Quick Access”

Windows 10 Settings showing Show recently opened items on Start, taskbar or File Explorer Quick Access.

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